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A's animal sculptures

Started by A.Garcia, September 30, 2014, 10:42:18 PM

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It is diorama season, so I think it is well past time (::)) for me to share more pictures of my handmade figures that I used in my Prairie Town diorama last year. These are the first miniature animals I've sculpted to fit with other figurines. They are ~1:10 scale. While the mammals are on the "cute" side, I'm mostly satisfied with the balance between realism and personality. First are the black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus):

Here they are with similarly scaled friends:

and here's a dusky outdoor portrait:

They'll need a few more relatives someday to make a better "town".


Next is the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes):


Now, the plains garter snake (Thamnophis radix):

"Ms. Prairie Dog, do you have any vacancies?"


Very nice! Great poses and details on all. I particularly like the paint job on the garter snake.

I admit I had to suppress my reflexive hatred of prairie dogs in order to appreciate your sculptures (a friend's pet prairie dog gave me a nasty bite several years ago). :P


Thank you, Newt. These particular prairie dogs are perfectly harmless. :)


Those are great little figures, well done.

Do you make moulds of them or anything like that?


Terrific!, you did a wonderful work with this sculptures  ^-^.
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Okay, here are the last pictures for now- the burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia). While the other animals were baked as single pieces of polymer clay, I had to do the owls' legs first in order to balance the body sculpts on them. I'm quite pleased with these little birds. :)

and together:


Thank you, S.Bell and Jetoar! In the case of these animals, I just wanted them in my collection. I'd love to make copies of sculptures for others, but currently I don't have the skills, supplies, or set-up to do so. :-[  If someone is more knowledgeable than me, I wonder if tiny features like the owl feet could be made into copies? I need to look for online resources about making moulds/casts.


This massive, detailed thread about sculpting and casting a Nile crocodile figure may be helpful:

The book Pop Sculpture focuses on human figures, but has excellent molding and casting instructions.

I bet you would find good information on working at your smaller scale on wargaming sites.


Thanks much, Newt, I will look into this. ^-^