Dragon Making, Part 1

Reading-Dragon

Having done a number of cosplay-realted projects with a material called Worbla, I wanted to try making a straight sculpture with it. Worbla is a material that comes in sheets and when heated becomes sticky and plyable, like modeling clay, then becomes strong and hard when it cools down.

Earlier in the year I had created this image for a bookstore mural and I wanted to see if I could make a 3-D version of this guy:

Reading Dragon © Herb Leonhard

After making the head and neck separately, I made a simple armature using coat hanger wire and styrofoam craft balls. Thinner gage wire was used inside the arms, fingers and the edges of the wings.

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The legs were also made with wire with small chunks of Worbla wrapped around it and shaped accordingly.

After filling a few holes and awkward spots with a tiny bit of spackling paste he received a thin coat of primer.

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The start of the painting process on his belly and wings.

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Starting to paint in the details.

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And here he is finished. A few details were painted in with an airbrush. There is also a glittery coating that was used in places, then the whole thing got a coat of clear gloss.

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Here he is from the back.

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I’m not sure he’s going to like the ending.

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