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Start selling my adopts as painted sculptures at same price as drawings plus shipping? 

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3 deviants said The drawings are a lot more convenient, actually.

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1. :iconballentine:'s frosty OC with her cat, and a simple background (inking)
2. BJD blueprints for Erato
3. Custom Woade for VladimirCrowe
4. AlvaroFuegoFatuo's lionfish-themed puddlepony
5. Sugar Glider OC for :iconfawkes-rinzler:
6. Storybook art for :icondragonariaes:
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  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee
I posted that long and pointless sculpting journal because I wanted all of you to see me fuck up and fail.


I know a lot of you look up to me and for some bizarre reason, see me as some superior being. Well, I'm not. I fuck up just as hard as the rest of you, probably harder, and just don't mention it. Everyone fucks up and fails 9 times out of ten, but they just don't tell you about those 9 times and you just see the success.

So, you might feel like they get it right every time, and you are the biggest screw up in the world that takes forever to get things right. Well, you're not. People just like to let you BELIEVE that you are, so that they seem like some superior being. So, I thought it would be good to start mentioning my astronomical fails for you guys to see so that you can be less hard on yourselves for failing.

I'm a huge idiot, I make really obvious mistakes all the time. I get discouraged and I would get discouraged way more often if it wasn't for all my watchers encouraging me, and telling me how great I am, and reminding me that trying again is never pointless. Without my interactions with all of you over the last few days, and your encouraging responses to my progress pictures, I WOULD NOT HAVE PLANNED ON TRYING THIS AGAIN.

So thanks for that, you guys deserve a lot of praise. You have no idea how much you guys affect me and how motivating and encouraging you all are.
So quit beating up on yourselves and feeling inferior, because sometimes we all of us has the dumb.
  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee
WAT DO NEXT D:


So now, I've woken up again. I wasted a lot of time yesterday and I have two people and a cat depending on me for food to survive. I broke down and sent them to the store for potato starch to use as a proper mold release. I plan to try again, omitting the use of straight paperclay, and COVERRRIIINNGGG the leg parts in starch so that I can seal them into the mold and make a perfectly flat one.

Erato also had a lot of advice as far as using the right amount of clay in the leg molds so none squarts out the side or leaves any gaps. As for the clay itself, I'm going to add more glue and more Fimo to make it just a liiiittttllleee softer, and dust it with starch before making the indentations.

Yesterday was a massive blow to my confidence. I was like YEAH I CAN DO THIS IF I TRY MY HARDEST only to be massively disappointed. It's going to be even harder on me tomorrow if I fail again, but at least I'll be armed with a little more knowledge on what NOT to do.
Wish me luck.
  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee
TRYING TO MAKE MY FIRST EVER MOLD


I made the mold forms by cutting toilet paper tubes into rings, and then gluing the rings onto paper to make like, a little box. Then, since I am tight on money and materials, I had the BRILLIANT idea to use cheap filler clay in the bottom and corners, where there would just be solid clay. So, I just used paperclay. It's my most worthless clay so far, except as an ingredient for Derpentine, so I didn't mind wasting a huge block of it. So, once the mold was half filled with shit clay, I filled the important half with derpentine and squarted the chopped of legs and mouth into one of the molds. Careful to position the legs so they'd come STRAIGHT out of the mold and leaving them sticking halfway out, I stabbed in some toothpicks to help me align later and chucked this monstrosity into the freezer so I could remove the parts and leave a pretty clean impression of them behind. Then, I baked the mold without the legs in it at 100 degrees c for 20 minutes.

It promptly exploded.

Because I used paperclay in the bottom, alone, without any mixture, it swelled. Paperclay is full of water, is an air-drying compound, and not meant to be baked because the water in it will turn into steam and become a tiny, angry volcano that hates its life and wants to ruin everyone else's. So, the mold swelled up all shitty and the only thing I could do to save it was to get it out of the oven and, while it was still searing hot, put the legs back into their spaces and sit on it. This worked. As the clay cooled and my ass sizzled merrily in its own juices, the swelling was corrected with no ill effects, other than a minor burn and a few tiny, hairline cracks. I tested the mold with a lump of soft clay, and it made perfect little toes, so I thought it was good.

Next, I dusted the whole mold, including the leg parts sitting inside it, with my girlfriend's makeup. xDD I didn't have any starch or flour, so I tried the powder  makeup. Then, I squished new clay over the top of the legs and other mold half, froze it, seperated the new half using the makeup I had brushed on to keep it from sticking together. it worked, but not fantastically, and it made the clay flesh colored. Then, stupidly, I baked the new half of the mold seperately.
To my credit, I at least had the presence of mind not to use any straight paperclay.

I made a one-part push mold for the body halves. It worked pretty well, actually, I was able to produce a few body replicas using powdered sugar to keep it from sticking instead of makeup. Only problem was, the details like the eyelids and gills were kind of dumbed down, and it looked really poor. I guess the clay I have wasn't soft enough to capture the fine details.

As for the legs, even with powdered sugar, it was just really hard to get the pieces back out once they had been made. I could only use it a few times before the toes started losing their definition and the stupid fucking paperclay I had used as a filler started to fucking crumble all over the damn place. Molds ruined, puddlesqueak in nine pieces.

Let it be known that I had woken up at 4:30 am to start the mold making process, and by now it was 9:30 or 10:00 at night. I had literally wasted the entire day on this project, only for these results. I was quite sulky and discouraged at this point.
  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee
    DESTROYING ALL MY HARD WORK

Okay, so now that I have discovered how to transform cheap, shit clay into quality, useful derpentine clay, I made Nemo. It went well, as you can see, and the clay was strong enough to make really tiny parts and since I wasn't making any replicas of him, I didn't need to cast a mold. The only problem that I had with Nemo was that I built him from the inside out, instead of making a ton of different parts and then sticking them all together, I built his body, then the next piece, then the next, etc. So, when I was done and all ready to sand, I sort of couldn't. Like, I couldn't get into all the cracks and stuff.

I should have built everything separately, baked it, sanded it, and THEN attached it to another part which was already baked and sanded. Then, sand the seam. That would have worked out a lot better.

SO that's what I did with my goldfish puddlesqueak. although I didn't really sand the parts ENOUGH. I wish I would have. So, that's the next plan for the next sculpt, fucking sand EVERYTHING. Well, after the goldfish was finished, I got together with :iconeratotiatuatha: who is way more experienced than I am in mold casting. They kind of walked me through the entire process, and spent the ENTIRE day answering every stupid question I had. I really couldn't have gone through with this without them...

Well, I chopped the puddlesqueak apart. I cut off the wen and tail, then the mouth, then the legs. Finally, I chopped the body in half down the spine. Then, I made some tiiiinnnyy mold forms and cast the most frustrating, stupidest, useless fucking mold ever made, ever.
  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee
1. :iconballentine:'s frosty OC with her cat, and a simple background (inking)
2. BJD blueprints for Erato
3. Custom Woade for VladimirCrowe
4. AlvaroFuegoFatuo's lionfish-themed puddlepony
5. Sugar Glider OC for :iconfawkes-rinzler:
6. Storybook art for :icondragonariaes:
7. open
8. open
9. open
10. open
  • Reading: A hatfull of sky
  • Drinking: coffee

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Deskleaves

Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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I grew up in Alaska, spent most of my young adulthood and teenage years wild and free in the streets and woods of California, and ultimately settled down in Finland. I have college background in multimedia arts and technology from the SOMA art institute.

I'm learning Finnish by 1stClassStampsYou Can Talk To Me Stamp by HazelAlmonds Heart Rats Stamp by Viergacht PC Gamer by aphaits Love Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - Every Great Artist by KamuiSinenRespect for Spiders Stamp. by VampsStock Gender Nuetral LB by Kia-Bird Lil Badge - Zodiac .:Cancer:. by Kohaku0827Slytherin-Badge by Dinoclaws LB - United States by Nironan12 Open Mind Lil Badge by NuciComs LB - Photoshop by Nironan12LB - Adobe Flash by Nironan12 Yaoi+shonen-ai support stamp by luperus
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Requests, commissions - closed open by Angi-Shy

Click here for my commission prices: deskleaves.deviantart.com/art/…

REQUESTS: Requests are free. Here are some bullet points to save you from being disappointed.
-If it's been a few weeks and you haven't heard back about your request, feel free to ask me. I don't mind, and sometimes I might have forgotten.

-I might not do your request at all. This is probably because I am too busy or not interested in the subject at the time. Feel free to ask again later, but please remember that requests are gifts from me to you, and not an obligation.

-If you don't provide enough specifications for your request, I WILL take artistic liberties. Unless I've made a grave mistake, such as wrong gender or wrong hair color, I probably won't change anything on the final picture. Requests are GIFTS, and you should treat them as a birthday present from a friend with minimum criticism.

-If you were expecting full color and got a lineart, I'm sorry. I don't mean to halfass things, it's just sometimes I have limited time, but I still want to give you something special to remember me by. >u<

-One request a month per person, please! Save some of my free time for the others, they're waiting patiently too, and it's very hard to get decent art for free. ;A;

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DlSEASE Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I totally need to get more art from you sometime ;-;
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I totally need your business lol ;-;
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DlSEASE Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm short on money but I really wanna get a thing and help you out ;-;

Maybe like a 2 character bust?

Would you consider shoulders up but with arms included in the pic waist up or bust?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I'll consider anything. :3
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VR-SOLDIER Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year Gribby!
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White-Banshee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student
ohwoah ! Many thanks for the watch !
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, you seem like a nice person. ;w;
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White-Banshee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student
*-* Thank you so much !
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Aven12 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student General Artist
hi! i just wanted to say that your tutorials are amazingly done and very helpful and i love your gallery and all of its work! utterly fantastic! I just wanted to ask if maybe you'd ever do a tutorial on how you breed ocs? your combinations of two characters are very well done and i'm curious as to what your process is ;v;
 
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Frilled-Aten Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss my gribby
Do ya have a phone?
I don;t think I have yer number ;n;
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