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Dragon Hatchling Sculpture - Turquoise by Nightlyre Dragon Hatchling Sculpture - Turquoise by Nightlyre
Here's the fourth little dragon, and the first time I tried a few new things. First and foremost, I started using colored clay! That was a breath of fresh air; so much nicer to work with than trying to paint the entire dragon, and they came out looking better, too! I still did a colored wash on this one to bring out the scales and tint the back scales light blue rather than white. I also used tiny glass marbles for the eyes, rather than painting them.

This little one again has an "egg" made from a gourd shell, and resin on the interior of the egg. The base is wood, rocks, and moss.

This sculpture was sold, but you can find many other unique dragons (and other critters) in my Etsy store!

More dragons:

Dragon Hatchling Sculpture - Little Red by Nightlyre Dragon Hatchling Sculpture - Green Wing by Nightlyre Dragon Hatchling Sculpture - Light Blue by Nightlyre

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Fazzie Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Aw the whole thing is just so awfully cute~~! I especially love the texture and patterns for the egg! It's absolutely gorgeous!! So want one for meee~~ :iconadorableplz:
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks!
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SLane972 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Another Dragon friend with a soft spot for hatchlings! I love it!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Anellyz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
The marble eye was a very good idea, it looks very good on these one (is it just me or it makes the dragon cuter?).

How long does it usually take you to complete one of these sculptures?
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... it depends on the dragon, but I'd say they average 7-8 hours to make. It feels like quite a bit longer because of the baking and curing times!
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Anellyz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Wow, they probably require a lot of patience. It's fun to see how much you've improved since the first one (and i can't believe it came out so good on your first try)!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My mother's a ceramist, so I've been sculpting since I knew what clay was. I was a bit out of practice when I started working on these guys, but it's kinda like riding a bike. It comes back to you pretty quick. And Sculpey (the Premo kind especially) is a dream to work with!
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Anellyz Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
It's impressive anyhow, how did you come with the idea of dragon egg hatchlings? Was it one of those "what if i put this here..." situations or did you get inspired somewhere?
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, careful - you're going to get me going with the stories! This one's down to my mom again. There's an annual gourd festival not far from where we live, and she called to see if I'd like to go with her. I didn't know much about gourdcraft, but figured it'd be interesting - you never know where inspiration is going to come from! I was very impressed at the kind of work people were doing with the gourds, very creative stuff. There was an area where crafters could buy gourds, and Mom wanted to go pick up a few. I was wondering through, and noticed they had an entire bin full of distinctly egg-shaped gourds. The rest is history. :)
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