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Drubert - The Sad Dragon by LitefootsLilBestiary Drubert - The Sad Dragon by LitefootsLilBestiary
I drew this guy back in 2005 fav.me/d34ivm7 and while blue is my favourite colour I thought he'd look good in green, the undercoat was airbrushed on and subsequent layers were painted, he looks a little flat in the photograph, but I absolutely love how his back turned out. He has taken me 5 days from concept to completion.

Made of a blend of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm polymer clay. Painted with liquid acrylic paint and varnished to a matt finish and glossy eyes.
He is approximately 10cm in height (3 or 4 times larger than my usual work).

You can find the unpainted version here: fav.me/d6dqgal

(I had purchased :iconemilysculpts:'s new ebook "Creature Sculpt" 2 months ago as I really love how detailed she gets her work. While I found a large portion of the book is aimed at first time sculptors there are tons of tips and tricks I have learned, plus it just inspired me to at least try something and I have been wanting to make a larger sculpt for quite a while.)

EDIT: Thank you for all the wonderful comments, favourites, llamas and new watchers. Although Drubert appears sad, I'm sure he's very happy today with all the virtual hugs being passed on. Still can't believe he made it to DD. So Happy :D I'll definitely be doing more sculpts like him in the near future.

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Given 2013-07-28
:iconpassacaglia28:
Passacaglia28 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
That is amazing. You are quite skilled! 
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡¡¡Muchas felicidades por su Daily Deviation!!!
¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 3 o Destacados nº 3" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).:painter: 

* Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!!
Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 3. (Best works of the group).Tolyya French painter
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:iconlitefootslilbestiary:
LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, this is is great. Thank you so much :D :hug:
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A real pleasure dear friend and Merry Christmas!!! Huggle! Snowy :merry christmas: Merry Christmas Sign :secretsanta: Mrs. Claus employment 
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HolliesHobbies Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am in LOVE with him! he is so different from your other work, its amazing!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you! Yeah, he was a bit of an experiment, I hope to make more like him this December :D

and ty for the favs/watch it's much appreciated :hug:
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smilesdog Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
aww poor dragon maybe he needs a hug:snuzzle: V3 
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African-Amber Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww, he's so cute. I love the way he looks so woeful. He has real character.
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NiftyNguni Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So cute!!
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SarcasticUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the expression of this little guy! Great job!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :hug:
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww cute!
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Tanice001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Awww..... He's adorable! moonflower
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johantjie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Fantasties!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dankie!

Altyd lekker om Suid-Afrikaners hier op dA te sien :)
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neilsugg Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's super good! :)
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CupavacIzKutije Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Photographer
Cool! :aww:

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CazSteele Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He is absolutely wonderful! Will definitely order one if you make more like him. He is precious <3
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) That's awesome! Will definitely be making more in December.
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mariana-a Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to hug it and give him cookies to make him happy :( congrats on the DD, this is amazing :)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think he's very happy with all the cuddles and attention he's gotten today.
Promise the next sculpt will be a happier one ;)
:hug:
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SpawnofMorgoth Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I don't know if you are a fan of Terry Pratchet's Discworld series, but if you are: This is exactly what I imagined the dragon Eerol to look like. 
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes I love the Discworld dragons :D He's very much based on their description. 
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NICK-XMG Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Interface Designer
cool
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
He looks like such an Eeyore.
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah I never thought of Eeyore, but I definitely agree with the comparison.
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Thank you.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Whoa, hey, congrats on the DD! :D
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HappyChupacabra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
What an adorable little guy! I wish I could cheer him up. The style is very reminiscent of Jim Henson. Love it! 
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah thank you :) I love the Muppets :D
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww...Why so sad Mr. Dragon? :iconsadplz:
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not sure why he's sad, but I promise the next one will be a happy dragon :)
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. ^_^
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow! I love his face expression! 
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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warrior2243 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cute!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As one sculptor to another, let me say Congratulations on the DD, its much deserved! You did such a wonderful job bringing this little guy to life in a three dimensional medium. :clap: He positively exudes character. He looks so sad that I just wanna give him a big hug give him some kind of treat(what do sad dragons eat?).

I'm always so happy when there's a sculpture in the DD bar. :love:  After reading your journal, I'm happy for you to see that your personal project is the one that got the DD and the attention. I hope this encourages you to keep pushing yourself, doing larger sculpts and really develop as an artist. I'd love to watch that happen. :) :hug: Congratulations once again. :iconcheerplz:
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug: thank you! 
To be honest I had no idea what DDs were until a friend of mine here on dA got one for her little sculpts. It's really wonderful that our sculptures get noticed here on dA with people appreciating artisan crafts among all the digital art :D

I couldn't be happier with how his face and posture turned out - he really does have a wonderful, albeit sad, character. Not sure what he lies to eat, but he's loving all the virtual hugs he's getting today.

You work with Bionacles! That's seriously wicked. (Had to have a browse through your gallery :P)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :happybounce:
Oh that's awesome, glad to hear your friend got one for their work to. I received a DD for   I was happy to have the exposure, but I was a little disappointed that this MOC got it when there are others that I honestly felt were better at that time. But Still it was a tremendous boost to my profile all around. In my experience, a DD is like fuel injecting Nitrous Oxide into one's DA profile. It gets them ton of exposure and new followers(like me for you :D) and all the love is a real big encouragement to. I'm glad you're feeling the appreciation. See, take one step in a different direction and it turns into a huge success for you. ;)
I was going to bring that up but decided it wasn't necessary. Yeah Ever since :iconlabyrinthcreations: left as the strictly sculptures Moderator for the traditional art team sculpture features really died off. We need a mod for sculptures only. The other moderators do well with the traditional art category overall but that entails drawings, sculptures, paintings, and Artisan Crafts. That's a lot of stuff to cover, and there's simply more drawings and paintings than there are Sculpts. Then overall, sculptures get buried in the noise of digital art. I think digital art is amazing to, because it allows for much more creativity to flow from people, but traditional art is exponentially harder, there's no Ctrl+Z(undo) with sculptures or paintings or drawings. If you screw up in a big way, its not so easy to undo.  In my medium a "screw up" means literally pulling the whole thing half apart in reverse order of how it needs to go together, to literally change out one little part or move it around by one unit(the space of a single stud on a lego brick).

Oh definitely, you completely nailed it with his facial expression and posture. He looks so timid, meek and just sad. I don't mean this in a bad way but he's fitting the sterotype perfectly. He reminds me of characters like Dobby from Harry Potter, Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh, and other sad cartoon characters. I made those connections instantly, so yes you were spot on.

Oh thank you. :blush: That means a lot to me coming from a non MOCing sculptor. Any particular MOC stand out to you?
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D that's awesome.

It's nice that some mods focus on people with little to no exposure though, I think that's how Drubert was selected. It definitely is a great confidence booster and a great way to gain watchers that do similar work to you.

At least this clay doesn't airdry - I tend to work a bit slowly and polymer clay is very forgiving with that, I still have clay in my studio that's over 5 years old O.o

It was this one fav.me/d4b4vnp with all the details, hat, lantern, bag. Before I discovered polymer clay I was a tad obsessed with Lego, although I never made anything spectacular :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.

I did receive many new watchers to, I don't know how many I got and who stayed, or if any of them were sculptors, but I did kind of become friends with the Moderator(labyrinthcreations). I got to teach her about the intricacies of lego MOCing(its an acronym meaning My Own Creation) and how a "good MOC" to us isn't simply visual but its more like sculpture mixed with Poetry, you have to select your parts and use them well, just like words, but that also its a sculpture and a mechanical specimen as well, and for myself and the other MOCer's who have received DD's it was  great way to expose lego as art, and more specifically bionicles as art, because most people just remember them as the toys they played with as kids, they don't really think of it as an art medium like they might with traditional lego(we call it "system").

Damn! Five years!? Wow. Okay can you explain something to me? What is Polymer clay? I took an art class back in high school, towards the end we got to working with clay. It had to be fired and all that, we'd mix some with water to make a kind of glue for clay, was that just regular old fashioned clay?

Ah I had a feeling you'd go for Matteo. I's my personal favorite. He is somewhat a representation of myself or how I identify with myself, so that might tell you a bit about me, or at least its supposed to. I've poured a lot of love into this MOC over the last couple years, and its been very rewarding. Do you have any lego? You should totally get into it! Its amazing what can be done with it and I'd love to see an actual sculptor get their hands on some lego and see what kinds of things they could build. :lol: I think you would do spectacular things with lego if you had enough of it and knew your way around it.
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That type of clay you worked with is the more traditional clay. Polymer clay doesn't actually have any clay particles in it at all. It's a PVC plastic and it cures at much lower temperatures (135 °C) you also can't add water to it to make it more liquid, although you can get clay softner - but I find it just bleeds the colour out and the clay goes all sticky.

I own wayyyyy too much Lego, my family and friends used to buy it for me as presents and I'm in my twenties >.< I tried my own MOC but I struggled to find the small 1x1 and 1x2 plates/pieces I wanted and it's so expensive here :( there's one shop that sells loose pieces per gram but their widest selection, colour wise, is the traditional 2x8 brick - doesn't help for detail. My first exposure to MOCs was the work of Derfel Cadarn. I can stare at his work for hours on end.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhh okay. I figured that's what was going on. So yes, I have literally no experience working with polymer clay. I've worked with traditional clay and I found it enjoyable. I loved that if I needed a shape I simply made it, if I wanted to tac somehting on a little water rubbed on and it melted together so to speak. It was fun experience.

OMG that's amazing! I can see why you're so enthralled with his work. This is seriously some of the best minifig scale MOCing I've ever seen! Its so rich and detailed and just so spot on in construction, amazing. The thing is though, there's guys like this all over flickr. Its honestly why I stopped following anyone there. It just made me feel like crap about my own work, and its not even the same kind of MOCing. Okay well at least you have a lot of lego already. Here, there's a website called Bricklink Here you can custom order parts you need from other people who are sellers, much like the Amazon market place, but strictly for lego. Its also a catalog of pretty much every part and set ever made by lego. Its how most serious MOCers actually get their supplies. I would be happy to help you learn your way around the site if you'd like. Since you live in South Africa, I'd imagine that it might be a bit difficult to find sellers there, but with parts being so cheap, you could probably spare the bit of additional expense of international shipping if you shopped to where it was worth your while. Lego also has the Pick-a-brick feature where you can buy from their inventory of available parts. Its not nearly as diverse as Bricklink, and it can be more expensive per piece, but with them you can order the quantities you need. I don't think they have actual limits on how much of a given part you need, so if you need 500 of those 1X2 parts, they'll be able to supply them. It sounds to me that the initial resources knowledge to work with lego and the motivation is there, you just need the right connections to a propper supply.
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should never feel crap about your own work :)

Ah I wish I had the time to make and do everything I wanted >.< I've checked out Bricklink - very cool concept, import tax on such things is just a bit too high for me :(
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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CalculatorBomb Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, don't be sad. Have a lolli! 
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe he says thanks!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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