The Ember Dragon

Maquettes, Painting, Sculpture

My latest creation is a dragon! I have loved dragons for a very long time, so this guy was very fun to do. I started with a sketch.

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Then, I formed the initial wire base.

dragon_wireFilled it out with foil.

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Put on the initial layer of super sculpi.

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I decided that I wanted wings after all, so I put wire/foil on for the wing frame, and then put on the sculpi. The thin, skin layer of the wings is strait up super sculpi, but in retrospect, I wish I had rolled it out a little more evenly, but what’s done is done.

Then, I sculpted to my desired effect and baked him! dragon1 copy] dragon2 copy] dragon3

I then painted him with a metallic red paint, and went over with charcoal to give a burnt look. IMG_1555] IMG_1561] IMG_1568] IMG_1573] IMG_1602] IMG_1603] IMG_1615] IMG_1619] ] IMG_1636] IMG_1641] IMG_1646

The Artist’s Studio Set

Animation, Sculpture, Stop-Motion Animation, Uncategorized

IMG_1465I made a miniature set of an artist’s studio! It was so much fun to make. There was a lot of scouring for tiny things, tons of hot glue, and making of small paintings and drawings. I hope you enjoy!

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Here you can get a sense of the actual scale.

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Lizard Cowgirl Riding a Unicorn- Commission

Commission, Digital Painting, Drawings, Illustrations

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I recently was commissioned to draw a lizard riding a unicorn in a cowboy hat. The idea for this project was originally conceived by a 7 year old girl. This was the theme of her birthday party. The reason that the mother contacted me, was because she was having such a hard time finding party decorations for a “girly/tom-boy.”

The mom wrote this,

“(She) is a funny, active little girl who really enjoys outdoor activities like rock climbing, (climbing anything really), bike riding, catching lizards, frog snakes and bugs in our new city of Miami (we are from Whittier) and generally identifies herself as a tomboy. However, she also, secretly loves lots of what is traditionally considered girly stuff.  She refuses to admit it most of the time, but I know she does.  That is why she came up with this idea.  Along with the lack of lizard items, there is also virtually nothing that caters to the girly-tomboy!”

I thought this was such a great solution to her problem, and it was seriously fun to draw.

To shamelessly plug myself, I would love to do more commissions, so if you have any art-related needs, please let me know!

I have a wide range of skills from everything from drawing and painting to graphic design, comics, storyboards, animation, and sculpture. If you have an idea that you need flushed out, email me at melissa.b.rose2@gmail.com.

Sven

Animation, Maquettes, Sculpture

 I’ve been working on Sven for a while now, and he’s finally ready to show off.

 It started with a sketch, some wire, screws, and a platform.

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Of course, my cat has to be right in the middle of things.

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I filled him out with foil, and I then put Super Sculpi on him, sculpted him, baked him, painted him, and then sewed clothes right on to him.

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Eventually, I gave him his phone.

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I will try to show more of my process for the next one. Thanks for viewing!