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KKE Sea Serpent Sculpt by Legrandzilla KKE Sea Serpent Sculpt by Legrandzilla
I sculpted a Sea Serpent to go in the arms of my Murakami 1967 Kong from the Toho movie King Kong Escapes. I made him so he fits right up against kongs fur on his arm and Kong's hands support him, so hopefully I will not need to glue him on and will be able to take him off if I decide to.
As an afterthought, maybe I should have just sculpted a head coming out of the water going for the hovercraft, but I guess then Kong would have looked like he was chasing butterflies or something.
I took this picture on top of a print out of a movie still I used as a reference. I used iridecent paint on the hide of this creature, so he looks closer to the color of the picture depending on how light hits it. I do not like this movie design, so I tried to define the skin a bit differently, and made it have more prominent brows, etc, without departing too far from the thing from the movie. Next I will attach him to Kong, Kong to the base, and do touch ups. Then I will show you the final diorama.
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I'm back from my piles of schoolwork, and I assure you, I haven't forgotten deviantart even a bit!
I do not have the time to make deviations, but fortunately, I have the time look at some.

Anyway, On to the review.


Vision: I can say that most Kong escapes fans will recognize this.
I would've taken away a star because of the head sculpt, and it looks to much like a snake, but your model has a level of ferocity that wasn't achieved by the original model. The old serpent looked way too clumsy, yet this one looks like he'll tear you to shreds.
I just think the head should be a bit..."chubbier", if you will.
As for the color scheme, if you wouldn't have shaded the scales and used that EXACT shade of turquoise, I would've thought this was a snake, so models like this can test people's skill with painting, and you NAILED it!
(By models like this, I mean models that look similar like normal animals.)


Originality:
It's hard to take away a star for a model based off of a movie, so I didn't.
The half star was simply because I didn't see details in the sculpt that were noticeable, so it wasn't didn't feel like it was an model of a monster, and felt more like a snake.
Nonetheless, I still feel you dragged the monster right out of the movie, and updated him.
I bet that in an updated version of Kong escapes, this could be used as a miniature.

Technique:
The fact that you sculpted him to fit in Kong's arms is incredible, and must have taken quite a bit of time, and requires a great deal of effort and craftsmanship that only an experienced...I'm not sure what it's called...modelers? No, I'll just go with sculptor for now.
Anyway, like I said, newcomers, and average "sculptors" cannot achieve the level of greatness you have with your art.

Impact:
I CAN'T GET OVER THAT PAINT JOB!
You are spot on with it, which does, in fact, increase the impact.
The orange eyes also stand out and stare right through me, exactly like in the movie.

Overall score:
Honestly, I think the whole "head is too small" thing and the
"not an exact replica" deal were both very minor details that I couldn't care less about.
It feels like a remodeled version of the original monster, and you added what the monster was lacking in the original movie.
I wonder how he'll look with Kong though...
Old Kong plus new serpent doesn't seem like it would mix very well.
Nonetheless, I really love how ferocious this guy looks!
Bravo, LeGrandzilla, you've "wowed" me again!
What do you think?
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
*looking at his old high school yearbook* "Am I the only one here that haven't aged a bit?"
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aha!  He looks not as good^^
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:iconmanaista:
manaista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wicked awesome :headbang:
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!:D
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:iconmanaista:
manaista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem 8-)
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:iconjackie70879:
jackie70879 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooooooo i cant wait to see it!
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :hug:
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:iconbeyzayildirim77:
beyzayildirim77 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
impressive art
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks dear Beyza!:hug:
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:iconbeyzayildirim77:
beyzayildirim77 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome..:)dear Jon.
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:iconkingdragonzero:
KingDRagonZero Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Actually, I think yours looks better than the original!
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, thank you very much!
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:iconkingdragonzero:
KingDRagonZero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
you're welcome!
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Darkreana Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
This looks really good! O:
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!^^
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:icondarkreana:
Darkreana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
No prob! O:
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:iconcmcougar:
cmcougar Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
How did you do the scales? I would dearly love to sculpt dragons, but I have no clue how to get a scale pattern.
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In one of my more recent youtube videos, I show how to make a texture stamp. I used some for the initial texturing, I also used a sculpting tool. I painted them individually several times, and I used an irridecent medium that had some thickness to it, so it helped raise them a bit.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, I would love to talk to you about it more.
I would also love to see you sculpt a dragon, if I can help you in any way please let me know!
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HerrLinde Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
O.O awe-some-sauuuuuuce!
how long did you work on this scales? they look very good and i love his 'belly' ^^
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw, he loves your belly too, I'm sure!^^
I dont keep track of these things, but thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconherrlinde:
HerrLinde Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
lol I don't know how he will ever get to see my belly, but um thanks? =p
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he wants to know if he can build a nest there..
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:iconherrlinde:
HerrLinde Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I don't think I have room for a nest that size o.o
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no, I know! I told him it is way too tiny in your belly button!
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AlyciaZU Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks awesome! His teeth/mouth look particularly well done! :D
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wall, thank you!:)
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:iconadiraiju:
Adiraiju Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shame you don't see more art of this guy. Good job!
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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:iconadiraiju:
Adiraiju Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly!
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:iconmindslave24-7:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:shakefist: Rrrr! Great sculpting! :tantrum:




;)
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aha, thanks!
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:iconmindslave24-7:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontantrumplz:
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:iconthereal9thdoctor:
thereal9thdoctor Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks^^
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:iconthereal9thdoctor:
thereal9thdoctor Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, bro!
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:iconmonsterkingofkarmen:
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks man
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:iconmonsterkingofkarmen:
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
How do you do your open mouthes so well? :o
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aha, I thought it was not very good, tbh..I was hoping maybe I could learn more about how to sculpt from you!
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I think you are far better then I for sure, I just figured out how to dig out details rather then push them in, so I'm having fun with that lol I'm afraid to try an open mouth, a friend just taught me how to make a correct armature so I'm going to wrap that baby up in foil and make a 8-10" tall model of :thumb291469502:
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sounds good..I make my open mouths in 2 pieces usually, and put them together later.
I also paint the inside before they go together. I think your sculptures are very good, but I need to look at your gallery better when I get a chance.
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I have one detailed one That will likely be posted tomorrow/late tonight, I'm definately a novice, I should watch youtube more to see if theres any skills I can pick up. Making them in two pieces sounds like a great idea though, what do you use? Sculpey?
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
on this snake I used Aves Apoxie clay. I use sculpy sometimes, but i find it is kind of brittle and this piece needed good strength. Things like teeth dont seem to hold up as well on the open mouth pieces as Apoxie products do. But all I know is self taught, hit and miss. I figure a real sculptor would be disgusted with my methods..:)
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:iconomfgitsbutter:
omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I might have to check that clay out, sometimes I find sculpey to be too crumbley too
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should, I buy it on their website
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Amargasaur Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor snake...Have ya' noticed the coolest monsters are killed off or forgottn?
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never thought this guy was that cool really..
But Titantosaurus needs a comeback I think..
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:iconamargasaur:
Amargasaur Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybo in the new G-man film?
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:iconlegrandzilla:
Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I doubt it, but it would be great!
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