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Link - the sculpture by DrewGreen Link - the sculpture by DrewGreen
Hey guys!

This is the super-secret project I was working to finish in time for Dragon*Con last weekend. The only reason it was super-secret is because I don't like to reveal things unless they are done, and there was always an air of uncertainty about whether or not I'd finish this.

Thankfully, I did, and I'll be uploading the photo collage of the finished version shortly.

He was made to sit on my shoulder, but because of limited time (and his big, fat head), that did not become a reality. Instead, I Velcro'd the life out of his bottom and put Velcro tape on one of my wristbands and had him (wobbly, and somewhat uncomfortably) on my arm.

This is my first finished sculpture in my entire life, and I'm actually quite proud of it. It was really hard to do away with the sculpture itself when it came time to mold the sucker, but it had to be done. The only thing I regret (life and learn, of course) is that one of his arms is way longer than the other, but that can be fixed in post-work.

And yes, his face is intentionally blank. I wanted him to resemble the character model in The Wind Waker - the only polygonal extrusion was his nose, giving him the appropriate appearance of a rather flat face. Plus, if I plan to make more of them in the future from the same mold, I can paint on a new face with a different expression if I choose.

Anyway, the finished, fully-painted version will show up in my main gallery shortly.

Until then, enjoy and tell me what you think!

Sculpture and photos (c) me, Link (c) Nintendo.
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five50fivegirl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Student General Artist
So awesome! That looks exactly like what the models for the game would like! When I've been sculpting I've found it exceedingly difficult to get a smoothness to the sufaces, but you've done a really good job in that aspect! You got his little feet perfect too! So cute! His clothing is great, the way you layered it around the collar made it look real, and I can see a little clothing wrinkle near his belt that you rendered perfect!

It's too bad you weren't able to have him on your shoulder. He would have made a cute Link-parrot! :D
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Yeah, when I get the time, I plan on devising some kind of shoulder harness. Because hey who doesn't want a Link-parrot? ;D

The best way to get smoothness is to finish the sculpt, then brush your sculpture lightly with rubbing alcohol. This removes those faint scratches and fingerprints and gives it a baby's bottom smoothness.
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five50fivegirl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Awesome! I can't wait to try that technique! I never knew any of that before. I'm glad I renewed my subscription to DA; I would have never figured something like that out on my own ...at least not as lazily as bombarding people with questions, lol.

I'm just lucky I have a good artist friend like you as well! Thank you!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
I'm always happy to help with any questions you may have, or at least to the best of my ability. ^_^
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StarchMonster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
Adowabllllll.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Thanks!
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grimcinder Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Dude dude dude. Upload the finished version now! I already love this. Sculpture hates me. I wish I could sculpt.

You nailed this one on the head.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Thank you so much! The finished version is up. ;D

Sculpture is, for lack of a more eloquent term, a bitch. But it can actually be quite fun if you just get into it (and have a good reference, as I did - thank you Smash Bros. for the trophy room).
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwwwww!!!!

I'm in awe! What did you sculpt him from?
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Wow, thanks! He was sculpted out of what my dad called clean clay. It's a professional sculpting clay of some sort.
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