Emily Sculpts!
Commission - Nicol Bolas
Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.
About : Here is another dragon from Magic the Gathering. Bolas sits atop his rocky perch, clutching a mana sphere in his talons. He is accented in metallic gold on his armor and scarf. I even broke out the airbrush for this one to get some nice gradients on the wings. Cel Vinyl airbrushes beautifully!
Main reference image by D. Alexander Gregory
Materials : Apoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Wire and Mesh Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood base
Dimensions : 12.5” Tall, 7.5” Wing Span, 7” Base
Time Taken : 33 hours
Want to learn how to sculpt like I do?
My book Fantasy Creatures in Clay will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
My Skillshare class is now enrolling. Head over there now to sign up and get 50% off with coupon code “THANKYOU” through the end of August 2014.
Limited Commission Slots Still Available!  To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Commission - Nicol Bolas

Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.

About : Here is another dragon from Magic the Gathering. Bolas sits atop his rocky perch, clutching a mana sphere in his talons. He is accented in metallic gold on his armor and scarf. I even broke out the airbrush for this one to get some nice gradients on the wings. Cel Vinyl airbrushes beautifully!

Main reference image by D. Alexander Gregory

Materials : Apoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Wire and Mesh Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood base

Dimensions : 12.5” Tall, 7.5” Wing Span, 7” Base

Time Taken : 33 hours

Want to learn how to sculpt like I do?

My book Fantasy Creatures in Clay will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!

My Skillshare class is now enrolling. Head over there now to sign up and get 50% off with coupon code “THANKYOU” through the end of August 2014.

Limited Commission Slots Still Available!  To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

WIP shot of a sculpt for my sweet friend VonBorowsky. #garurumon #digimon #digivolution #sculpture #figure #wip #sculpey

WIP shot of a sculpt for my sweet friend VonBorowsky. #garurumon #digimon #digivolution #sculpture #figure #wip #sculpey

Last big shipment of Creature Sculpt paperbacks is ready to ship tomorrow. I still have 3 paperbacks left if you haven’t ordered yet. Www.emilysculpts.com/creaturesculpt #creaturesculpt #book #sculpting #sculpture

Last big shipment of Creature Sculpt paperbacks is ready to ship tomorrow. I still have 3 paperbacks left if you haven’t ordered yet. Www.emilysculpts.com/creaturesculpt #creaturesculpt #book #sculpting #sculpture

My evenings have been filled with toothless casts!  Put a coat of black primer on a few sets. They look amazing in black. You can see one in the background here. #toothless #httyd #howtotrainyourdragon #molding #casting #smoothon #sculpture #bust #figure #dragon #nightfury #expressions

My evenings have been filled with toothless casts! Put a coat of black primer on a few sets. They look amazing in black. You can see one in the background here. #toothless #httyd #howtotrainyourdragon #molding #casting #smoothon #sculpture #bust #figure #dragon #nightfury #expressions

I sculpted big stompy dragon feets this weekend!  SO FUN!  Are you watching the progress of theforestemperor yet?

I sculpted big stompy dragon feets this weekend!  SO FUN!  Are you watching the progress of theforestemperor yet?

emilysculpts:

My Skillshare Class is Now LIVE!  Sign Up Today!
Learn how to sculpt your own critters with my new video-based class on Skillshare.  Much like my book, Creature Sculpt, this class is aimed at beginners and will take you through the entire sculpting process.  
How it Works : Skillshare classes allow you to learn at your own pace.  There are no assignment deadlines.  You can watch the videos as time permits and complete the steps as fast or as slow as you want.  There are no formal lectures or evaluations.  However, you are encouraged to post your work-in-progress shots to the student forums for critique and discussion amongst your peers.  I will be overseeing the forums to give my own advice and guidance to students.
What You Get : The class includes over two and a half hours of high quality video footage showing the entire sculpting process.  Topics covered include materials and research, armatures, blocking, refining, detailing, finishing, and painting.  Lifetime access to the class will be provided by Skillshare.  This will include any and all updates and additions I make to this class.
You will also get access to the class forums where you can post questions, get critique, and share tips and ideas.  While this is largely a student-based forum, I will also review the forums regularly to tend to questions and give advice.
Prerequisites : No previous sculpting experience is required, however, I do recommend that students have some sort of artistic background.  Previous knowledge of drawing, anatomy, design, and color are all very helpful.
How Much?  The regular cost of the class is $40 USD.  However, I am running a 50% off promotion that lasts now through the end of August.  This is a thank you to all of the amazing people that have supported me over the years!
Use coupon code “ThankYou” to get lifetime access to my class for a super-low limited price of $20 USD.  Please use the link below to sign up.  I get a MUCH higher cut of the sign up fee if you use the links that I provide vs. signing up through the Skillshare website.
Sign Up for “Sculpting Creatures and Critters” Today!
Skillshare also offers a monthly membership to their entire class library.  It is $9.99 per month for unlimited access.  However, this will not entitle you to permanent membership in my class.  You will have to continue paying the monthly rate in order to continuously access the material, new and old.
Please spread the word and thank you all for your support!

This is the last week to save 50% off my Skillshare class.  Even if you don’t have time to dedicate to it at the moment, you can buy it now while it’s on discount and save it for later.  This is a learn at your own pace class and can be viewed whenever you want.
Also remember, on September 20, Skillshare is going members-only.  That means, if you haven’t bought my class before that date, you will have to be a member to join in.  The membership dues are currently $9.99/month.  However, so long as you purchase the class outright PRIOR to September 20, you will have lifetime access to the class and any future updates I make to it.
In light of this recent and sudden decision made by Skillshare, my class is also now going to be hosted on Udemy.com.  This will allow me to continue offering the class for outright purchase, just on a different (but similar) platform.  I will have more information on that once it is ready to go.  Both versions of the class will be regularly monitored and updated.
Thank you all for your support.  In just a month, enrollment has hit 80 students.  You guys are great!

emilysculpts:

My Skillshare Class is Now LIVE!  Sign Up Today!

Learn how to sculpt your own critters with my new video-based class on Skillshare.  Much like my book, Creature Sculpt, this class is aimed at beginners and will take you through the entire sculpting process.  

How it Works : Skillshare classes allow you to learn at your own pace.  There are no assignment deadlines.  You can watch the videos as time permits and complete the steps as fast or as slow as you want.  There are no formal lectures or evaluations.  However, you are encouraged to post your work-in-progress shots to the student forums for critique and discussion amongst your peers.  I will be overseeing the forums to give my own advice and guidance to students.

What You Get : The class includes over two and a half hours of high quality video footage showing the entire sculpting process.  Topics covered include materials and research, armatures, blocking, refining, detailing, finishing, and painting.  Lifetime access to the class will be provided by Skillshare.  This will include any and all updates and additions I make to this class.

You will also get access to the class forums where you can post questions, get critique, and share tips and ideas.  While this is largely a student-based forum, I will also review the forums regularly to tend to questions and give advice.

Prerequisites : No previous sculpting experience is required, however, I do recommend that students have some sort of artistic background.  Previous knowledge of drawing, anatomy, design, and color are all very helpful.

How Much?  The regular cost of the class is $40 USD.  However, I am running a 50% off promotion that lasts now through the end of August.  This is a thank you to all of the amazing people that have supported me over the years!

Use coupon code “ThankYou” to get lifetime access to my class for a super-low limited price of $20 USD.  Please use the link below to sign up.  I get a MUCH higher cut of the sign up fee if you use the links that I provide vs. signing up through the Skillshare website.

Sign Up for “Sculpting Creatures and Critters” Today!

Skillshare also offers a monthly membership to their entire class library.  It is $9.99 per month for unlimited access.  However, this will not entitle you to permanent membership in my class.  You will have to continue paying the monthly rate in order to continuously access the material, new and old.

Please spread the word and thank you all for your support!

This is the last week to save 50% off my Skillshare class.  Even if you don’t have time to dedicate to it at the moment, you can buy it now while it’s on discount and save it for later.  This is a learn at your own pace class and can be viewed whenever you want.

Also remember, on September 20, Skillshare is going members-only.  That means, if you haven’t bought my class before that date, you will have to be a member to join in.  The membership dues are currently $9.99/month.  However, so long as you purchase the class outright PRIOR to September 20, you will have lifetime access to the class and any future updates I make to it.

In light of this recent and sudden decision made by Skillshare, my class is also now going to be hosted on Udemy.com.  This will allow me to continue offering the class for outright purchase, just on a different (but similar) platform.  I will have more information on that once it is ready to go.  Both versions of the class will be regularly monitored and updated.

Thank you all for your support.  In just a month, enrollment has hit 80 students.  You guys are great!

My remaining stock of Creature Sculpt paperbacks!  Wow I remember when these books took up most of the space in my closet. Now they fit atop my hutch. I started with 780 copies last year and I am now down to 23. Will you be the owner of one of these remaining copies?  Www.emilysculpts.com/creaturesculpt or etsy.com/shop/emilysculpts to order now! #creaturesculpt #sculpting #sculpture #tutorial #book #diy #howto #art #fantasy #dragons #creatures

My remaining stock of Creature Sculpt paperbacks! Wow I remember when these books took up most of the space in my closet. Now they fit atop my hutch. I started with 780 copies last year and I am now down to 23. Will you be the owner of one of these remaining copies? Www.emilysculpts.com/creaturesculpt or etsy.com/shop/emilysculpts to order now! #creaturesculpt #sculpting #sculpture #tutorial #book #diy #howto #art #fantasy #dragons #creatures

What causes the price to be so expensive? (not in a bad way im just curious)
Anonymous

missmonstermel:

beastlies:

It’s a fair question (when asked nicely), and it’s one that artists get a lot (though often asked not so nicely).

Pricing your art can be one of the more stressful parts of the job, especially when that art is your sole or main income.  There are a few main factors to consider:

First, materials.  Pretty basic logic there. How much did you spend to assemble the materials necessary?

Second, time. You basically have to work out what would be a good hourly wage for your work.  If you spend a bajillion hours on something, that has to be taken into account when you price it.

Third, knowledge/experience/expertise. This is the weird nebulous part of pricing.  You have to consider all the hours of practice, refinement, failures, and development that goes into each piece and your style and skill overall.  Magweno put it well in a response to someone on DA:

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Original art is expensive.  I actually had the Gubbin bases cast in resin because it means I can charge $125 for them instead of the higher price I would need to charge if I’d made each one from scratch without that base.  I had initially been hoping to sell each for a bit less, but I got too wrapped up in doing extra details on the paint job, so the hours I invested started to lengthen a bit.

Anyway, I hope that helps!

Magweno hit it out of the park with that DA response!

Completely relevant to my life, especially Magweno’s response.

#TBT On the left, my Okami sculpture from 2008 that took third place in the official deviantArt/Capcom art contest. On the right, my Okamiden sculpture from 2012. #okami #okamiden #amaterasu #chibiterasu #wolf #videogame #capcom #sculpture #figure #sculpey

#TBT On the left, my Okami sculpture from 2008 that took third place in the official deviantArt/Capcom art contest. On the right, my Okamiden sculpture from 2012. #okami #okamiden #amaterasu #chibiterasu #wolf #videogame #capcom #sculpture #figure #sculpey

emilysculpts:

Creature Sculpt Paperback Stock is Down to Under 30 Copies!
Paperbacks continue to fly out of the studio.  Thank you guys so much for all the orders.
I will continue to offer discounts on all versions of Creature Sculpt.  However, for every 10 paperbacks I sell, I will be increasing the prices a bit until I get back up to the original cover price.  You still have a chance to get a Creature Sculpt paperback at a reduced price.  Act now; these won’t last long!
BONUS!  Vouchers for FREE enrollment in my new Skillshare class will be randomly inserted into the remaining paperbacks.  There will be 10 winners in total.  This only applies to paperback and combo orders.
Order Today on emilySculpts.com or my Etsy shop.
Have you checked out my new class on Skillshare yet?  Check it out and enroll today!  Use code “THANKYOU” for 50% off through the end of August!

Down to 27 copies of the paperback and then that’s it forever peeps!  Order now before it’s too late and before these sale prices disappear!

emilysculpts:

Creature Sculpt Paperback Stock is Down to Under 30 Copies!

Paperbacks continue to fly out of the studio.  Thank you guys so much for all the orders.

I will continue to offer discounts on all versions of Creature Sculpt.  However, for every 10 paperbacks I sell, I will be increasing the prices a bit until I get back up to the original cover price.  You still have a chance to get a Creature Sculpt paperback at a reduced price.  Act now; these won’t last long!

BONUS!  Vouchers for FREE enrollment in my new Skillshare class will be randomly inserted into the remaining paperbacks.  There will be 10 winners in total.  This only applies to paperback and combo orders.

Order Today on emilySculpts.com or my Etsy shop.

Have you checked out my new class on Skillshare yet?  Check it out and enroll today!  Use code “THANKYOU” for 50% off through the end of August!

Down to 27 copies of the paperback and then that’s it forever peeps!  Order now before it’s too late and before these sale prices disappear!