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Zecora Figurine by HowManyDragons Zecora Figurine by HowManyDragons
After making pony!Spike, I found myself wanting to take another crack at sculpting a pony figurine. I chose Zecora because I think she's great, and I don't have a base gray clay that matches her coat. I was planning to paint the entire sculpt, and Zecora definitely requires painting.

This project was a big experiment all around. I usually sculpt in colored clay, but I sculpted Zecora out of Super Sculpey, which is a kind of beige-y color, and I went for a more show-style body than with Spike. The gray base coat was an exciting foray into airbrushing, but the rest of her markings and jewelry were hand-painted. The painting took me a loooong time, and even though I tried to be careful, I made all sorts of mistakes - curse my shaky hands! Still, I think she turned out nicely, and at about three inches tall, totally adorable. I still like my dragon version of her better, but it was a fun experience and I might try making another pony sculpt sometime... hopefully of a character that has less finicky markings!

Zecora has been sold.

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:iconautothaumaturgist:
Autothaumaturgist Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really awesome! Good work! :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thank you! :heart:
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Wolfi--Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I WANNNTT!!!!Pikachu want it 
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Dragonslayer999 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Cuute!
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Tortations Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional
Wow- I totally admire your bravery! I'm too scared to hand-paint anything! :D My hands are so unsteady! But yours came out fantastic. Such nice clean lines!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Hahaha, I messed up so many times, I can't even tell you. I did a lot of repainting. xD
But thanks! She turned out all right in the end. :3
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Frankenmuth Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Long time no see; I don't get on Gaia much and it didn't look like you do either, but I just wanted to fangirl/boy over these.

OMG! All your MPL dragons and ponies and everything are SOOO amazing! I just got into MLP earlier this year and I just love it. I'm so excited to see two of my favorite things together, Rindi art and MLP!

All my loves,
Frank
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Aw, hey there, Frank! It's always so nice to hear from you. Yeah, I haven't logged into Gaia in months - there just isn't anything there for me anymore.

I'm glad you're enjoying my submissions! I don't do a lot of fanart, but the ponies just translate so well into dragons - it had to be done! Plus the show is charming and I enjoy it. ^^ I have a few more pony-dragons to put up, and then we'll see what happens next. I'm trying to prep for Otakon while working and taking classes at the same time. It keeps me very busy. :]

I hope you and Tofu are doing well!
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooo airbrushing! I have cursedly shaky hands too, which makes painting little details soooooo annoying. I usually try to avoid it!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I got a basic airbrush specifically so I could paint this piece. It's pretty fun, but I made a huge mess! ^^;
I try to avoid paint jobs too - most of my details are done in clay... This sculpture is definitely an exception. xP
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would love to try my hand at airbrushing, maybe after the con this fall I'll splurge :)
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Ooh, what con(s) are you going to?
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm going to go to the NC Comicon this year, it's local to me :) I'd like to go to more as time goes on but it's hard to juggle inventory, con hours, and a toddler :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Nice, I hope it goes well for you!
And I totally understand. I'm signed up for Otakon in August, but it's been tough to make dragons on top of work and night classes. Just too much going on. >_<
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know what you mean, I get everything done and by the time I have time to make dragons or cthulhus I'm too tired to think...much less sculpt :D
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fatalerror328 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh! I think that legs might be a bit too short, but very cool either way
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Hmm yes, or perhaps they should have been a bit thinner. Oh well, it's something to work on next time. :]
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fatalerror328 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nah. at least in the show they have quite thick legs, but their length ratio to body length is stupidly high.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I see it now - the legs could definitely stand to be a bit longer, but not by much. Is it just me, or does Zecora have a larger body relative to her legs, as opposed to the other ponies? She doesn't seem to have such a tiny bean for a body the way the main characters do.

Of course, I've been eyeballing everything instead of taking measurements. That would just be getting way too invested. xD
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Intellexia Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thanks!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
she looks stunning! Great work :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thank you! ^^
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Dracocrochet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! They look so awesome!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Aw, thank you. c:
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Ridleyman9000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Cool! you're doing great at these sculptures!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks! I have fun with them. ^^
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TripleRainbowDash Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice! Fantastic job with her stripes, they must have been a pain to paint! :)
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you. :3
And yes, they were very annoying to paint. I wish I had steadier hands!
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Nice attention to detail, you even put in the chip in her mane.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Haha, yeah, I spent a lot of time looking at reference images. I wanted to do her justice! ^^
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InquisidoraS Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW IS IS BEAUTIFUL
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Aw, thanks~ ^^
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Ba-sh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I agree! :3
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