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Ceramics Dragon Skull by Autobot-Windracer Ceramics Dragon Skull by Autobot-Windracer
YAY.

Just... YAY.

Eleventymilliontimesover.

Yes, the metallic black DID in fact turn blue in some minor areas, but other than that, HOLYCRAPILOVEHOWTHISTHINGTURNEDOUT. :heart:

This took... what, since the middle of October? Then again, I only had a few hours every two days to devote to this project, add to that the backlog of stuff to be fired (since there were 4 - 5 classes all using them)... Yeah. But just wow.

The bone sutures got eaten up by the glaze sadly, but I really like how the black and brown interacted. I'm not fond of the gas kiln for most of my stuff... but it turned out alright.

Medium: Standard Stoneware Clay
Glazes: John's Shino (under) + Metallic Black (over)

It's shrunken about 2 1/2 inches from the two firings, so it's now like... 24 inches long. That's still two feet though. XD

EDIT: I made a spiffy collage of some different detail shots I just took. Ooooooo.

EDIT II: Holy crap on a cracker, a Daily Dev?! For this?! I'm honored. Thanks a lot!

EDIT III: Here are WIP pics, starting from the concept sketch all the way to the finished product.

[link] - Concept Sketch
[link] - Bottom Jaw, Day 1
[link] - Top Jaw, Day 2(?)
[link] - All together now!
[link] - Yay for foam!
[link] - added the "gums" and other stuff. Note the ginormous ruler beside it. XD
[link] (And details: [link] [link] [link] [link] ) - Still drying...
[link] - After firing, unglazed Bisque
[link] - Unglazed Bisqueware assembled
[link] - Glazed. It slipped as I was glazing it, hence all the busted teeth. ._.;
[link] - the day it was removed from the kiln, last day of Ceramics class. the blue is horribly apparent here. :/
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Given 2009-02-05
Ceramics Dragon Skull by ~Autobot-Windracer is a rather unique sculpt, work in this style cannot be easy at all not just due to the fact that skeletons are complex structures, but particularly because in this case there's obviously nothing it can be based on accurately. The hollows, indentations and boney prominences have been well researched from similar subjects. ( Suggested by elegaer and Featured by Thebuild )
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Bsadrovitz Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Castings available?
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Daed-3-rewarD Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
shit.. thats really amazing :O
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AbsurdlyAwkward Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that must have taken you ages, did you use burnishing or just glazes?
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Zander23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This thing is intense. Great job.
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WhenLoveFails2Meet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Writer
DX Can I buy it?!?!!?!?!?!?!
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:iconaddira:
Addira Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Wow!

I saw the first picture and I couldn't wait to see what it would look like!

Did not disappoint.
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011   General Artist
great work :)
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Thats cool.
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Leemo626 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
awesome job!
couldn't believe how big it was!!
(5th pic-link really shows how bloomin' massive it is!!)
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Laserbot Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is awesome!
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Bittersweet-work Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Just amazing! I want one! your so great at ceramics!
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orik302 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
OMG, if you still have and if your willing to sell(all hypothetical)

how much would you sell for?...

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:iconblack-crystal-dragon:
That is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful, and so well done! *applauds* I love your WIP shots, too. :D

I really wish I'd been allowed to do something like this in ceramics. Would've been so much more awesome than random pots.
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purplehayabusa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hawly krap ..... If you were to sell these, can I say that I would throw money at you.. a LOT of money.Otherwise, GREAT WORK !!! IT LOOKS FANTASTICK!! :clap: :clap:
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
THAT. IS. WHAT. I. CALL. AN. AWESOME. JOB!!!! :D
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Musele55 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
STUNNING!!!!
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TehPatimuss Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
oh wow this is amazing
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Amrock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
That would make an AWESOME shoulder piece for a suit of armor,or as a wall decoration...shoot,it looks good on ANYTHING!
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AoiKita Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student General Artist
haha, nice. It beats my attempt...I didnt refer off anything on a half-skull dragon head I did x_x.
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Pressesky Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
what you've done with ceramics is simply amazing
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SnowPantheraLeo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
That is really awesome O_____O
I looove it!
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
you are made of win.
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asyetuntitled Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Digital Artist
THAT IS FUCKING AWESOME
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phillipwnd Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, I want one!
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dramadrea25 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist
holy crap WOW that is Amazing :wow:
:D
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the-Grim-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Oh, this is so awsome! The black and the brown really did come out amazingly cool, and I like the way it's shiny; doesn't detract from the killer effect at all. It looks so powerful! Especially with the fangs and the spikes. It just looks evil cool. You've definitely got talent.
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T3DRAGOON Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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errorwith Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks amazing!
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Canzone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
sup! nice stuff you got there! looks real lol! i thought it was from prehistoric age at 1st!
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mindfreak885 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
thats beyond awesome, i cant believe how real that looks
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keramotak Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
:worship: :worship:
:D
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eBooeBoo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Wow, it looks so real!!
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09978 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
wow, thats awesome
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Shrazer320 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Awesome! 8D
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Kissing-Sin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
OMG this rocks so hard, I love dragons this is the best dragon skull thing I have seen.
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MatsuoAmon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. this is just... wow, seriously, wow.

it blew me off my sit, literally! O_O
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CrossingGuard Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
That is... fantabulously awesome! I'm speechless....
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FennFeatherDragon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Dude that is awesome!
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lilinthia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I cant even draw skulls! So jealous!
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md427 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, it looks so realistic! Just like you killed a dragon and then polished the skull.
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ChiObsidian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Digital Artist
thats really quite amazing! So, you put tea light or candles in the bottom jaw? :3 you should definately demonstrate that and take a picture, I'd love to see it in action!
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Autobot-Windracer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Haha, actually, I tried it with a bunch of tea lights, but it didn't turn out nearly as awesome as I'd hoped. :C
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ChiObsidian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Digital Artist
what about using incense? Im making something somewhat similar in art, and Im hoping itll smoke enough, so the smoke will come out of the eyes in mouth... have you tried that?
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Autobot-Windracer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
I'd considered it, but my mom's current husband kinda... banned all incense in the house. >->; So that's out for now. XD;
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ChiObsidian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Digital Artist
aw, thats lame! you'll have to try it some other time tehn
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Daioh--Sakura Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
WHOA! This is incredible!! If there ever really were dragons, I am sure they would look just like this o_o congrats on the DD!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dude. DUDE.
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SavageDragonX13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
I really suck at using that clay so this is incredibly awesome to me...plus I love dragons. Keep up the good work! :icongreatjobplz:
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blackvragor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel like I can truly appreciate this for the way it came out and the toils you endured to produce it, because I can relate with you in building a monster like this.

Lots of hard work, careful planning, and patience with the fact that clay can be a real bastard sometimes. :lol:

This came out very nicely, seeing it come out of the kiln and hoping it did what you want is always the scariest part, this certainly came out very beautifully.
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Kebia18 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Writer
Wow. Beautiful. And Awesome ;)
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