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Ode on a Grecian Urn
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· · >>Icenrose >>GroaningGreyAgony
I am in LOVE with this picture.

I laughed at the snake eating the rat lmao. I like how she has modern day clothes (especially her jeans omg) Even the background is so well done. The way you made it out of play dough/ clay just adds marvelously to the picture.

My only minor complaint is that she doesn’t have more snakes on her head. She looks kind of odd with only a few snakes rather than a lot.
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· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
The longer I stare at this piece, the more I find to like, Artist.

I think it's neat how each of her snakes has it's own thing going on, from having a snack to taking a nap on her shoulder (adorable, btw). They do look a little sparse on her head, as >>Anon Y Mous pointed out, but I think adding any more might be a detriment to the piece, distracting the eye from what each snake is up to and making the piece a bit more muddled. I never progressed farther than "misshapen ashtray" in the medium, though, so y'know, grain of salt and all that.

I'm impressed with the level of detail on display here, particularly her jeans. Her eye is cool, too - it's super hard to make an eye in clay (from what I've seen, anyways) that looks like it's actually focused on something, rather than just a vacant stare, so major props for this.
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>>Anon Y Mous, >>Icenrose

The Gorgon was a maiden bold
Who turned to stone the Greeks of old
That looked upon her awful brow.
We dig them out of ruins now,
And swear that workmanship so bad
Proves all the ancient sculptors mad.
–Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Ode on a Grecian Urn, Retrospective:

Thanks for the silver! High-five to TheRiverSings and HiTime for medaling! Thanks and congrats to Baal Bunny for the inspiration!

This was done in Sculpey modeling clay. The hammer handle is a wooden dowel and the chisel is a bit from a precision screwdriver set. I got the flecks of stone dust on her shirt by baking some of the sculpey and sanding it with an emery board.

I sculpted the figures on parchment paper and then carefully slid them onto a piece of black paper for the photo. The number of snakes is fewer than I had first intended, but 1) they came out thicker than I originally meant, and 2) deadline was approaching. :) I wish I’d had another night to work on it, but I am pleased with how it turned out.

I didn’t notice the visual pun (that her position matches that of the marble statue) until after I’d finished it, but I will probably accentuate this by putting a spear in his hand.

I intend to refine this piece a bit, then “fire” it and frame it for hanging.