Custom sculptures of your animals

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by bantamamba, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. bantamamba

    bantamamba Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    I was just curious...considering today's interesting economic times, who many of you would be interested in a small, nice quality custom sculpture of your animal? Or bust? Horse, dog, naked mole rat, chicken(s), whatever...hand-painted and in a specified (or non-) pose/size.

    I do a lot of sculpting and prop-building...and while I have sold some on the side I would like to try and endeavor to do so some more. Maybe open an etsy shop or webpage. Most of my stuff is horror/fantasy themed, which some peeps aren't all that into, so I was wondering if perhaps I could get into pet sculpting as well...little figurines that can sit on your desk on a polished or detailed base of some sort, or larger busts.
    Problem is, I have no idea how I would even begin to price stuff. I have looked at a few similar sites so I have a general ballpark idea...and I know most of what people are willing to fork out depends on quality. I can have samples of my work up in a few days when I find ze digital camera, for your deliberation.

    I am also aware that offering custom pet sculptures is not exactly a novel idea...but there are many different styles to choose from, what's one more in the mix? I tend toward extreme realism, myself, but can do whimsy. Hmm.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. celtic

    celtic Chirping

    Apr 12, 2010
    Bend Oregon
    I would be interested in a bust or sculpture of my favorite cat and chick.
  3. philter4

    philter4 Songster

    Apr 3, 2011
    Placerville CA
    I have never sculpted a chicken or pet, but I sculpt animals along with a few friends for collectors and dioramas. Here are a few, some I did myself, others are done with collaboration and still others by friends who contribute to my diorama. All of the landscaping and plants are done by me, most from scratch although a few are from dollhouse or model making kits.

    Here is a guar done by Anna Dobrowski-Osko

    White tailed gnu by Harriet Knibbs

    Some birds done by me and another sculptor

    Sloth bear mother and cub

    Bush pig and yellow backed duikers

    I have about 100 different sculptures, but that is a sample. I'm sure I could do a chicken or any pet for that matter, I just have never tried.
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Those are gorgeous scultures and models, Philter! I remember seeing photos of them before and I was extremely impressed. How did you get into that hobby?

    Bantamamba, I can't wait to see pictures of yours! I'm sure there are people who would be quite interested in models of their pets!

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