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Xaphriel
Xaphriel
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
Ireland
I'm an Environmental Scientist, a Hellenic Polytheist and a hardcore Brony. That's pretty much all most people need to know.
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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: Lindey Stirling (AWESOME)
  • Reading: House of Leaves
  • Watching: Attack on Titan
  • Playing: FarCry 3
Well, 6 months of no journal. And yet, nothing has happened.

My Masters dissertation is now in, and I don't ever have to think about the ethics of nanotechnology in Metal Gear Solid 4 ever again. Until my results come back, and hopefully they don't realise that I was talking complete shi*e the whole time :P

But now, while I'm officially no longer a student, but also not eligible for work in my field yet, I'm in employment limbo. And what better time, while I look for miserably low paying retail and temp jobs, to actually get serious about this sculpting biz?

A custom pony I made the other day, the mascot of UK PonyCon (Brittania) was put into a charity auction at the con on Sunday. The con was awesome, by the way. Anyway, this was my fourth brushable size custom, after two Scootaloos and a Vinyl Scratch. Long story short, she sold for £50 sterling, with 3 bidders going for her. That, to me, is mad. I don't think I'm very good. I have very little in the way of tools or money for said tools, and selling for that kind of money, even for charity, boggles my mind.

Anyway, after talking to some customisers at Ponycon, including a couple that have been doing it for over a decade, many didn't believe that I had only started just over a year ago. Apparently I learn fast. They also gave me great tips, and I finally got proper material. Man, I love Apoxy now, I don't know how I did without. So with compliments spamming me, the high of raising £50 for a very worthy charity (Riding for the Disabled Association), and the realisation that I have very little to do all day except stare at the dog and cat, I decided screw it, I'm going to go and work at this for a while.

So I've wandered dA, and faved a ton of tutorials and stuff from (who I consider to be) the best of the best. A lot I knew, but the little quirks of other sculptors are handy, and some stuff I can't believe I didn't know. I had never even thought of flaming the remains of the hair. It seems so obvious now!

Ideally, I'll actually be able to do customs of a high quality soon, and legit sculptures. I'm getting an airbrush, and I'm supplementing my sculpting tools with ACTUAL sculpting tools. I'm going for it, I seriously want to be able to look at my stuff with pride, and not note every fault with disgust.

Anyway. I've got a Blackjack, a Snowdrop and a Luna in the works for G4, a G1 seapony that's going to be Lyra (I know, blasphemy :P), and an original sculpture of Vinyl Scratch all skeletoned out. Let's see how this goes.

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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
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laurilolly-crafts Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Heyy, i'm doing a giveaway - here's a link if you're interested  

 

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its my first time doing one!

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Foxdopts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh but first: 
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Fwd:Fwd: no subject This is for you. Read til the end, it's adorable. I sent an angel to watch over you last night but it came back. When I asked "why?" the angel said "Angels don't watch over angels" Twenty angels are in your world. Ten of them are sleeping, nine of them are playing and one is reading this message. God has seen you struggling with some things and God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this to 14 friends, including me. If I don't get it back, I guess I'm not one of them. As soon as you get 5 replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you... Not joking. Pass this message on. Please don't ignore it. You are being tested and god is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in god drop everything and pass it on TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. DON'T BREAK THIS. SEND THIS TO 14 FRIENDS IN 10
MINUTES IT'S NOT THAT HARD. WHOEVER SENT THIS TO YOU MUST CARE ABOUT YOU!
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AlternatingMutt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Xaphriel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll see you and raise you www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUhukC…
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AlternatingMutt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. :iconeggmanrapefaceplz:
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Thanks for the fav! :D
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Xaphriel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You did the best pony, in the best costume, using the best medium. What's not to like!? :P
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
The economic situation in the US.... but that has nothing to do with this sculpture :P

Just as some shameless commercial it will be part of :iconponysculptors: upcoming halloween giveaway contest! which will be annonced next week... hopefully ^^;
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Xaphriel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah look, our idiots are abolishing the Senate tomorrow, you're not the only ones with a horrible government :P
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