Dragon Fossil Sculpture

I sculpted each of the tiny dragon's 148 bones separately out of polymer clay, and once they were baked, reassembled them in the configuration I wanted using more polymer clay to hold them together. The "stone" is DAS air-drying clay, the terra cotta variety. It's the first time I had worked with it, and good grief, it's messy! I molded it around the skeleton, pressing it in to give the impression of the wing membranes. The whole thing was finished off with a wash of acrylic paint to give the stone more depth and texture. The final sculpture was 8" x 10", to fit inside of the frame.

Paleontology was one of my first loves, and it still fascinates me to this day! It seemed only natural to combine it with a touch of fantasy.

This one-of-a-kind sculpture was sold 6/29/2012.


Categories: Artwork, By Subject, By Type, Fantasy, Just Dragons!, Traditional Art/Sculpture
Tags: air-dry, body, bones, cryptozoology, DAS, dragon, dragonling, drakeling, fantasy, fossil, paleontology, polymer clay, sculpture, skeleton, skull, spine, wings
Created: 5/8/2012 | Modified: 5/8/2012