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Moment of Truth/Friend or Foe (full view, left) by reedymanedkelpie Moment of Truth/Friend or Foe (full view, left) by reedymanedkelpie
Here is a full view of the left side. Moment of Truth, Friend or Foe. Alabaster, about two feet high. I'm optimistic; I don't think the warrior will panic and lose his grip.
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The initial idea came from the client, but of course it grew as the dragon and prince began to form out of the stone. The warrior prince climbs a high mountain to reach a special treasure, but when he pulls himself to the top of the last peak and thinks he's now within reach of safety and treasure, he comes eye-to-eye with the guardian dragon.

So the question is, exhausted, clinging precariously to the edge of a drop into a deep chasm, faced with overwhelming superiority in strength, speed, and perhaps wisdom, what will he do? What will the dragon do?

In my gallery I have some photos of this piece from other angles.
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Given 2012-11-09
Moment of Truth/Friend or Foe (full view, left) by *reedymanedkelpie a beautiful sculpture that invites you to continue the story. Check the artist's gallery for additional views. ( Suggested by In-The-Distance and Featured by Talty )
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I was surprised and happy about the DD. :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
It's my pleasure! Enjoy it! :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Hello! Just wanted to let you know that this was featured in November's Artisan Crafts DD Roundup. Keep up the good work!
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful roundup! It's a treat to see them all together like this. :)
Thanks for letting me know. The DD has inspired me to get more work done.
There's one thing though... I'm wondering about the nomination to Artisan Crafts when my work is actually in the sculpture category. Are the categories that flexible?
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem, and I'm glad that it has inspired you! :) That's great to know, I'll be stalking your gallery to see what you upload next ;)

Well there's no dedicated sculpture community volunteer yet, so the artisan craft CV's help whenever we can to feature some sculptures too :) there's a tiny bit of overlap between the two categories, so we help each other.
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, although I am a slow worker.

I think I volunteered at one point to be community volunteer for sculpture. I never heard back, but I'd still be interested. I haven't been on DeviantART long, only seven months, (I still remember my bafflement over being given a llama :confused:). I've also had a group, CosmicRoots [link], for six months now. I don't know if I'd be considered too selective(?) but I think the group might show what I look for in artwork and how I interact with other members. :)
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skytabula Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So suspensful! Great job capturing the mood here
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I really worked on making it the moment of contact, their eyes just meeting.
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skytabula Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! It's really amazing
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Asila3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! A well-deserved DD :clap:
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad if you enjoy it. :)
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legarsraide Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
certainly a hard decision tot take for the prince. DD utterly merited for this gorgeous sculpture:clap:
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, the prince needs to react quickly by stopping himself from reacting and losing his grip!
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Bluelisamh Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful work with wonderful detail :) Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I enjoy putting all the details in. This was my first DD and I was really happy and surprised.
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darkapprentise Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Unbelivable....just amazeing
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you. It did take a long time.
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darkapprentise Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
ur welcome and I can only imagine. I have a great deal of respect for anyone that can do this kind of thing.
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TheGreatAlwyn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
looks like friend and it's cool
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, I don't think the dragon intends to kill him and I think the prince may learn something, perhaps some wisdom, from him.
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TheGreatAlwyn Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
ok
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Between-the-Stars Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece literally made me catch my breath, in awe both at the beauty and the suspense in this captured moment.
Thank you.
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for such a great compliment. There is another view of it in my gallery. Please enjoy.
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WraythSkitzifrenik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GORGEOUS! So awesome!
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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SchweinGoth Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
wauw! material? some kind of marble?
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's alabaster, which is a softer stone than marble. Some alabaster varieties are available in really large sizes.
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
wow! this is amazing how long did it take you?
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I don't know how long it took, because I worked on it on and off over several years, and never kept track of my time. I'm also a slow worker. I don't know how many hundreds of hours. In the future I plan to keep track a little better. :)
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
well It's defiantly something for you to be proud of. I wish I could sculpt something like this. I tried carving a horse head from pine once, took me about a week before I gave up and threw it away. after you've spent so much time working on it do you have a hard time giving it up to the client?
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Horse heads are not easy to carve; you might want to try working in clay first, in a small size, maybe first making lots of sketches and looking at photos (or even better and more fun - real horses!). The thing is not to give up, because at many stages work is frustrating and you wonder why you're doing it, but keep on going, and you can get a work you're glad you worked on.
So far I haven't minded giving my work to clients, because they appreciate it and will take care of it and others will see it. If that weren't the case, I don't know if I could do it.
One of the things I like about DA is that we can share our work and let so many people see and enjoy it. :)
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
yea I have four horses but spice (the prettiest one) won't sit still and the other good looking one isn't much better the other are more docile but they are old and sort of ugly :-) some day I'll probably try again just because it feels great to be able to finish something and be able to look at it and say I did that :-)
I'll try clay next time, probably a better place to start for a beginner like me because then when I make mistakes they can be fixed. where as with wood and stone you can't really make a mistake or the final piece can be ruined. :-(
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, four horses! That's a lot of treasure right there. No matter what they look like, all horses are in some way beautiful.
Yes, clay would be a good choice. There are different kinds to choose from too -- kiln-fired, air dry, polymer, oil-based. :)
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I really love them all one is too old to ride anymore but spice is spirited and fun to ride in the mornings down the canal. [link] (the one on the right)

of all those different clays what one do you recommend? (for a beginner) It would be fun to try to sculpt something, however I don't know anything about clay.
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RainbowDash2028 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!! It's so amazing!! I think you've just inspired me to write another of my famous story's
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. If you write a story, please let me know so I can read it!
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RainbowDash2028 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a beautiful peace. I am working on a story. Hope to show it to you soon!
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Grant2Y Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifull sculpture. like the whole helpless trust theme.
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, the prince Is pretty helpless here, but he doesn't know at this point what to think of the dragon -- whether to trust him or say his last prayers.
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SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope the dragon eats him. So annoying - thieves who take what isn't theirs. :)

Lovely pice.
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, the prince didn't know that the treasure was in the dragon's possession. He just knew that there was a treasure at the top of the mountain, unclaimed as far as he knew. So, he wasn't trying to steal it.
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SeigiChou37 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like it's made out of meat :P
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Um, do not try to eat it. The dragon would get very angry.
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SeigiChou37 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hah don't worry I'm a vegetarian... but it's beautiful :)
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
I'm a vegetarian too. :)
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow!! So beautiful! It almost looks like the dragon is holding the human, or the human is clinging to the curious dragon.
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
The dragon's claw and the prince's hand are close. The prince thought at first it was part of the cliff, until he pulled himself up and came face to face with the dragon.
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Nice
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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