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Dapple Gray Unicorn Mare__Gaze by Ethereal-Beings Dapple Gray Unicorn Mare__Gaze by Ethereal-Beings
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This was my first unicorn sculpture. She is made out of polymer clay and magic-sculpt epoxy over a wire and foil armature. She is completely hand sculpted. Painted in acrylics and has 18kt gold leaf on her horn. She is 5 1/4 in tall at the tip of the horn.


This is one of my favorite pics of her

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Given 2009-01-17
I love the style and choices that have been made in the construction of Dapple Gray Unicorn Mare__Gaze by ~Ethereal-Beings. The artist has worked in their own unique style with the designs and colours in a few places such as the horn shape and texture. However for me personally it's the expression and face of the unicorn which stand out the most, exceptional work especially for a sculptor’s first attempt at a unicorn. ( Suggested by biancaneve81 and Featured by Thebuild )
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xStealingTheStarsx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it looks so real! Im going to start making my first horse sculpture soon ;)
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simoneKing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Beautiful
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soccerfreak11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
At first I thought it was a manipulation! That's how real the horse looks! :) It's unrealistic that something could look that amazing and real!!!! :)
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Hyacinth7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
This is so beautiful!!!
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TheHeavenofHorses Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Student General Artist
woah this is seriously cool! i wish i could do that! :O
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Lanai-Fu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
This is not just a unicorn, this is a uniqueorn!
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finksche Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
it's perfect!
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Dicanti Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Yay, sooooo beautiful.
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconunicornplz: Your amazing art has been featured! [link] :heart:
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Thank you! I am honored that my unicorn was featured with such lovely artwork. =)
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. This was your first unicorn sculpt? She's wonderful. I love the pose, the slight tension suggested by the ears flicked forward. Lovely colours, too. Not everyone who can sculpt can colour.
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Thank you =D
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TazzyDee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Well done to you.. she is absolutely beautiful :) You did a superb job.. x
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kaasha Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
beautiful understanding of the facial anatomy
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LainaBeatles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Student
seriously realistic, amazing work! :peace:
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irathray Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible. About how much would it cost to have one of these made? I adore unicorns. :+favlove: This photo is just...ethereal. The blues and the greys make it perfect.
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thanks

I don't have a lot of experience with selling my work, I have only sold one of my sculptures, so I am not really sure.
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irathray Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally understand what you mean. :) But anyway, it's such a great sculpture. Will you ever make more? It'd be pretty neat to see what other kinds of creatures (and not just unicorns either) you could come up with. :)
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
more unicorns or other critters?

I am nearly finished with my second unicorn
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I have 2 more unicorns in wip stage one is more of a traditional unicorn [link] , the other I haven’t been able to take a decent picture of since the lamp I use to photograph my sculpts broke.

I also have a hippocampus (half horse half fish thing) and a piggy also in wip stage.

I do have a few other sculpts that are actually finished, a life sized zebra finch hatchling and a few hand built pieces that I did in ceramics class.
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irathray Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's a great fleabitten unicorn. I don't think I've ever seen one made before. :)

I'd love to see other kinds of mythical creatures - the hippocampus being one of them. If you can create such lifelike unicorns, it'd be awesome to see what other myths you can create. :D

Zebra finches are adorable. c:
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SweetMyrrh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
it's rly good, porportional-wise...technically and theoretically. but it feels so....lifeless...so I can't say I like it...
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
That's fine, I never expected that everyone would like it, I don't mind if you think its :shithappens: or not, as long as you voice your opinion without being mean or hurtful. I don't have a lot of experience with being around real horses or sculpting, so my sculptures are far from perfect, dispite that it turned out better than I hoped it would, so I am happy with it.
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SweetMyrrh Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
naw, I said it's a great job. truly. otherwise I wouldn't have bothered commenting and criticizing so you can improve...I am saying, it seems lifeless, that's all. motionless... in art we want somefeeling of life and motion going on, reality...
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
I understood what you meant, and I do appreciate getting critiques because they really do help.




What I had in mind when I chose the pose, was that she had heard a noise, stopped, and was trying to figure out were the sound came from.



I am not really good with words so I am sure that I will fail again with getting my point across...

but all I was saying, was that this was this was piece was more about learning horse anatomy than creating a masterpiece (which it is far from being), and that it was I consider it a relative success in that I learned from it, otherwise it would there would have been no point in sculpting it. For now my goal with sculpting is just to get a better understanding of anatomy so that in the future I can create more expressive art, though at the moment I am still lacking in the knowledge and experience to really achieve that.
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SweetMyrrh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
ok man I got it. I think you did a pretty good job. I have problems @ expressing b.c of not fully understanding the anatomy of sth I would like to represent...so I understand.

anyhow, keep up the good work! ;D
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SmexySasuke Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
THAT'S SCULPTED!?! I thought it was real....
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MakoStorm Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist
omg i thought she was real O_o :clap: I applaud you! Wonderful job! Looks like you have an amazing career in sculpting if that's was you're going for. Im sure many a movie studio would love to have you ;D any tips for a novice? :worship:
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thanks, I am still pretty new to sculpting. I first started sculpting when I got my first box of sculpey for Christmas in 2007 and I only started sculpting horses/unicorns last year, so I still have a lot to learn. I learned how to make armatures from online tutorials, and learned anatomy from studying charts and pictures of horses. So I guess my tip would be to study, study, study :reading: Oh and I almost forgot practice, practice, practice. :dance:
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MakoStorm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist
Thanks for the advice :salute: :hug: and omg that's what you can do now? :wow: and you're just a beginner?! Dear lord i can't wait to see you years from now!
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Horses101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Pretty~ :heart: Look real :D xDD
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Requiem777 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Omg! it looks alive!!!
Great job!!! =D
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tennyomelime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my, this is so beautiful! And the background is gorgeous!
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batgirrl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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hhorsieart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
holy crud... i wish i had that kind of talent... AMAZING!
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TeaKeikii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
I honestly thought this was a painting or something. It's absolutely amazing. Wonderful job on the sculpting, coloring, and on the details, and congratulations on the DD, you deserve it!
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Ashligh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Damn, a sculpture...
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Fairie-Tails Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omg! That's so cool! I want one! :heart:
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DarknessPrincessKit Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009   Writer
Oh my!!! Its....its....its.....Excellent! Amazing! Gorgeous!

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shoppergurl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous! I love Unicorns. ^_^
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Twiil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
I love the colours and the shape of the horn! And the expression is amazing. As well as the background, the colours match up really nicely with the horse =D
You did a fabulous job!
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StrainedEye Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
for a minute there was wondering how were you able to put that horn in the horse's head! awesome it looks so alive!
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LynnOBrien Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
That is amazing!! I too thought it was an altered photo, but wow, a sculpture out of poly clay and magic-sculpt epoxy!
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facade-of-life Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Pretty.. how big is the sculpture?
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CrazyTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Why is the horn curved?

And why use actual gold for the horn?

But is is very well done and looks somewhat realistic.
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
I just happen to like curved horns on unicorns more than strait ones :yum:



why not?
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CrazyTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Okay! (No I'm not saying that it wasn't good, I was just trying to figure it out.)

I was thinking that it would be a waste of gold... but then, I'd probably take something like that and mold it into a fern.

So never mind.
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Ethereal-Beings Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
The horn is made out of clay with a thin layer of gold leaf painted on, not solid gold.
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CrazyTheInsane Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
That makes sense. *headdesk*

I'm sorry, I don't pay much attention. My head doesn't usually work.
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Xannerz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please, please change the watermark. I respect the fact that you need to protect your work, but we can't fully appreciate this if there's a giant logo on it. Try to make a smaller one. :(
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dragonspeaker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree as well, I can barely see the image. o.0
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