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This is my present project for the ADO 4 elements challange.
Flame is a 6 &1/2 " polychromed clay relique bust.
My idea when I began was to show how fire destroys, purifies and ash allows new growth , rebirth and is the primary element of change.

As I was working on her Alessa Gillespie kept poping into my mind. Which is cool cause I wanted to make an Allessa someday. Flame ..Flame O'neal I call her. Has some self immolating that emerges from the corners of her mouth. her burns originate from fire inside her.

Ash will be her little charcol grey companion being. I have a hand yet to sculpt, add hair most likely red hair and other sweet touches:)

More wips and brain drain on my blog.
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BPS-TATTOO Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
amazing work ^^
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irot Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is amazing. I love how beautiful, yet disturbing she is. What skill. :)
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Grimvisions Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
This is really well done, I like the concept and the execution.


Grim
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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zarhx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
How pretty :D
I can't wait to see her all finished up ^^
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rainbowblight Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
It's a very dramatic piece and I love seeing the making of. The burns and the bandages really grab me!
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
disturbingly beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional
wonderful
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BirdsistersStock Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009   Photographer
awesomeness!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. I was partly inspired by your Ash stock,but ended up not using it. But I probably will on another peice.
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BirdsistersStock Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Photographer
Oh, that would be really cool.
I highly admire your work
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Dezhire Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
I LOVE IT!!!! What a great idea!
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!! beutiful work!! I can't wait to see her finished!!
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kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow, the details are just amazing~
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cdlitestudio Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
just amazing work Nita you capture her likness and I totally agree with the red hair :) Wonderful work :clap:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Likeness? Do you mean the girl who played Alessa/Sheryl in the movie? Cause this is with no referance. It does actauly look like her though!

Thanks:) I have two kinds tibetan ..rust with white tips or angora red gold. Was thinking of overdying the rust for a little more golden yellow in it.
Its so tricky to tell what hue of red will work best untill you try it on.
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cdlitestudio Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
yes I see a resemblance :) I love it when that happens.
yes the golden yellow I was going to say more of a orange red :) I place hair near their face and it always works for me lol.
So true red is very tricky not everyone can pull it off!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think its more because that little girl has the same ballpean hammer forehead I have. I always have those on my girls. but its neat she turned out similar.
I have dye thats burnt orange. Ill have to test a peice to see if I like that hue on her.
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cdlitestudio Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Yes :) she did and I like it alot :) burnt orange sounds great :) can't wait to see it
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hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
ups. thought its already done. ... k i wait for the finished to fave ;)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You can also delete the old image from your favorites folder after I post the finished peice.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:) certainly!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's thrilling to see the sculpture at this stage, when it's still in development; the immolation marks remind me of one of my favorite aspects of your Leacothea, but taken to a much more extreme level-- Leacothea's markings are the height of elegance, where Flame's are more of a beautiful scarring... The color of her eyes is shockingly powerful and her features are gorgeously realized and beautifully accomplished...
The idea of what you've described for Ash in combination with what you've done so far is incredibly exciting; we'll look forward to everything you do next with this...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Im glad you enjoy. If youd like to see earlier you can see the bare clay on my blog. though They change so much that I dont often show the sculptures at the start.
The marring of the skin in one form or another seems to be a strong current in my work. Your right for Lea its all stylized like plants and curliques sea like.. its more literal here.

I hope I can pull off Ash! At first I thought to make her head hollow and inside to put insence so smoke could rise from her nostrils and mouth. This woudl be Ash in spirit. But I didnt want to take more time hollowing her head. I thought briefly I could sculpt her as a two headed bust. One side as Ash the other as Flame,but I decided it would be more appealing if ash was a little character she could engage with.

Then I thought of sculpting the smoke rising up around her head with the face of Ash in there. I havent worked out his character design yet. I keep calling it him. So I guess its male!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
God, just hearing you throw out those ideas is ridiculously exciting to me-- this piece is gonna burn with your full power! :faint:
I love the idea of a charcoal grey companion, but when you talk about sculpted smoke rising up around her head-- holy mackerel, I can't wait to see what you actually end up doing!!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well this is what I started to do...

A thin thread of grey clay winding from the nostril up the side of the face. the clay has to be built up with a little wire inside it otherwize it will droop. Ash could either dwell in the smoke like a genie or be the smoke..eyes set in and features about where youd expect to see a head. Id add some fluff to the head, rabbit fur probably to make him puff like. if htat makes sence.. his cuteness will also cool off her very dark broodiness.

I didnt want to realy obscure the face though. So , Im tentative about just how I can suspend the threads of smoke away from the face ,but still have it anchored securly and sort of mushroom out where the nimbus is.
Oh I should mention I was partly inspired by the stock photo of a little girl blowing ash from her hand. Even though I didnt use it all this stuff was floating about as brain salad! Ill go find a link to that.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think you've got the kind of artistic instincts that will absolutely arrive at the best way to make this real and tangible; it's just one of those things that's going to kill me when I see it, I can tell...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They may find me batty trying to make molds of califlower so I can get a perfect mushroom cloud. If its difficult, archaic, unheard of or unprofitable there you will have me trying to make it!
Hopeful I can kill ye. Id hate to underwhelm. Im realy happy with all of these larger peices so far.

This is the first one I really feel that Ive acheived some of the santos /religious icon look Ive been aiming at. The crown thing helps,but the patina is getting closer too.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Now that you mention it, I do see that; that adds a whole different layer onto it...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The child bust always did have the underlayer of santos. "Still she has no name" is the first and she has the sacred heart like nitcho in her chest. Then "Dumpling" had the same heart theme. I always wanted to collect the wooden santos figures and creche figures,but Im not catholic (my mother and grandmother were) Id rather have mythic fantastic,child and freek"saints"
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Kamillie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Kamille
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Kamillie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
your so welcome!!!:hug:
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful and stunning work, as always. You have shown beauty through a rather shocking theme (not sure if shocking is the right word but my brain is rather dead this morning!;)). I can't wait to see her with hair - red is the perfect choice! :clap:

P.S...I think her nose and lips are adorable! ;)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:) I toyed with the idea of grey hair..smoke /ash..but I think she needs more bright..And I just love red hair!
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! :D You could always put scorch marks/smoke/ash in the red hair...:)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to be careful not to make her hair all gross. I want settled ash as a last touch on the upper surfaces ,but I have to figure out what will look right but not smudge or move. TLS with grey pearl ex maybe.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
TLS?

(It's probably going to be something simple and I'm going to slap my forehead and go 'duh!' :D)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Transparent liquid sculpy.:)
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*slaps forehead*

:D

I bought some of that ages ago but have yet to use it. I'll have to test it out!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Theres a couple things you can use it for. Smoothing the yech surface of clay, faux icing on mini cake, helping seal uncured peices together like if building clay houses. Slime.. anything runny, egg white, wings, fingernails on babaies to small to make fingernails on. cementing just a little hair on babies heads. Add oil paint and use like paint.Sticking glitter to clay. Fimo decorator gel is clearer so if you want something that looks watery go with that.

It lasts a long time. I dont use is much either.
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