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Gator Dragon Maquette by SageKorppi Gator Dragon Maquette by SageKorppi
Maquettes are great for getting angles right when drawing, especially when drawing imagined creatures. This is a maquette I made of a dragon character I'm developing. I couldn't get the 3/4 view of his head right, so I decided to sculpt this to help.

For this dragon:



This is fairly rough because he's just a maquette. I really want to sculpt a model of him where I make sure everything is perfect and get all the nice textures on him. Though the thought of doing all those teeth again is...unappealing right now, haha!

"Gator Dragon" will change once the animal/character gets a name.

Medium = Super Sculpey with aluminum foil "armature".
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:iconfragillimus335:
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks vey Kaprosuchusy :)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
EXACTLY :D
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
And to think, I can't even make a halfway decent pot in art class.
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DimRasha Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
great work!!
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bonefish Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool. Going to look super when it's done, for sure. I can't get over how great the teeth look already - you can really see the gator influence in their shape and placement. Did you bake the teeth before placing them in the mouth?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did pre-bake the teeth ^^
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Shiro-Gekido Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The maquette reminds me of lagicarus from monster hunter tri. I like it :D
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:iconsagekorppi:
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only recently saw that creature and OMG it is cool! I'm sad all the figures for it are really expensive!
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:iconjd-man:
JD-man Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I like this version of your dragon: It's looks less like a winged Kaprosuchus & more like a real dragon (No offense to the original).
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the same "version". I think people are missing the subtle differences between the dragon I've drawn and a Kaprosuchus in the side view (thus why I'm trying to do a 3/4 view). And to be fair, I'm a-okay with him looking like a winged Kaprosuchus ;)
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JD-man Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
In retrospect, you're right: Until now, I've only seen your dragon close up from the side; I must've assumed that, since it looked like Kaprosuchus from the side, it looked like Kaprosuchus completely; My bad.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   General Artist
Hooray for maquettes! This is wonderful!
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XxSindertheDragonxX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can make my character now ;D
Seriously though this is awesome
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kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome, Sage! The teeth look fantastic!
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:iconwolfsjal:
Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
eeeeee awesome awesome awesome. :3
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:iconteggy:
Teggy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i Keep looking at itttt!!!
how did you do the teeth again? they look so perfect :3
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:iconsagekorppi:
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I made them all individually and baked them, then placed them and baked the whole thing :)

I find pre-baking hard bits like teeth and horns makes sculpting (with sculpey) immensely less frustrating.
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:iconteggy:
Teggy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No way! That's in geniouse!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Very nice!

I have to be doing one of the main subject of a commission so I can be sure to get the lighting right on the beastie.
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quicksilverstudios Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Great idea to make your own guide sculpt :)
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Those teeth look epic! In fact, the whole head looks plain awesome. :D
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:iconsunnydesposition:
sunnydesposition Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Wow thats some nice detail
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SineSquared Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
That looks great! What a wonderful idea for improving a drawing!
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:iconteggy:
Teggy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic sculpture! That's a wonderful idea! How fiddley would it have been to make this?! I bet a lot!
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was regretting not stabilizing the back of the head some way, because I'd work one side and I'd smoosh the other. Though I do want to do an actual sculpture of him someday!

Thanks!
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Teggy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awe i hate when that happens ^^
and i cant wait to see a whole sculpture of him ^^
you could have him sleeping on a rock or sun baking with his mouth open ^^
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WhiteK9 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! :heart:
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Khrests Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh man, this is excellent. <3
I really love the teeth. I still haven't worked up the courage to tackle ANYTHING open mouthed yet.
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Raptor85 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic how did you do the teeths?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I made them all individually and baked them, then placed them and baked the whole thing :)
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:iconraptor85:
Raptor85 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
! Coool ;o
I must remember to do that on my next sculpture ._.
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pre-baking hard parts is a must!
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:iconraptor85:
Raptor85 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shall remember dis :3
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
One word: AWESOME!!!
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d4wnstar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Fantastic!
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