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Artquest: Metabee by Silent-Mime Artquest: Metabee by Silent-Mime
And now for my pride and joy of this year's pottery class!
I present to you my eternity of work (no not really. he did give me one HELL of a time keeping himself together though)
METABEE!

If any of you remember him at all, you had an awesome childhood.

This guy is both the first two legged, standing figure, and first figure i've made this LARGE.

He's a tad back heavy. In the show, i had duct taped his feet to the table, because apparently people would be sitting at the display tables later that day (stupid idea in my opinion. don't let careless parents and even MORE careless toddlers sit and play with your work man. it just isn't right. I had so many people completely disregard my "DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING BUT THE SKETCHBOOK" sign.) But he can still stand on his own. I only did so as a precaution. Had he have fallen back, his head most certainly would have shattered on the edge of the table. That was not something I think my heart could take after spending so much time working on him.

I think he may have been one of my more popular items. That and the tea set of my 3D works, a lot of people had asked to buy him. Unfortunately, he is not for sale. I'm far too attached to him to want to let him go just yet. maybe some time in the far future though c:>

Some parts didn't come out as good as i had hoped. they warped a little in the kiln here and there. but for the most part, he came out pretty okay.

He's completely hollowed out, from the guns on his head to the bottoms of his feet. I almost thought he would end up whistling if you blew into him XD

He consists of clay and glaze just as the others do. The green for his eyes, called Keylime green i believe, is a new glaze from the company. I wasn't too impressed by it. I probably had too high expectations for it to begin with though.

I do have to state this though. Originally, his head was too heavy to stay connected to the torso, and the torso was not strong enough to support itself when connected to his waist. To solve this problem, I tried a new method of creating a sort of 'skeletal structure' for him. My teacher said she had never seen someone use that type of method. That probably has to do with the fact that people tend not to make figures in her class to begin with. Using a single coil, I made a rod that went from the inside bottom of his skirt, to the inside base of the guns on his head. This created a spinal cord to provide support for the entire body. Still though, the coil alone was not enough. I had to make it stronger by glazing it. About four layers of Emerald green and it had a solid coating of glass to keep it sturdy, which aided it just enough to fully support his body. Its still inside him, where it will remain.

I'd like to hope that that method will help out anyone else who is struggling with supporting their clay figures. c:> without it, i wouldn't have been able to finish him.


Good luck to you! And thank you!
~J.D.
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TheShyCorona Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i loved this guy :heart: ~
This looks awesome :star: :star: Amazing job :la:~
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Silent-Mime Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much love c:> I'm surprised so many people know him! At the show, a lot of people thought he was a gundam XD one of the cutest little boys ever walked over to our table and tugged on his mum's sleeve pointing to both Metabee and Cosmos, telling her "Look! Transformers! Look do ya see them! Its an autobot, he's the hero!" as they walked away, he went off talking about how badly he wanted to be an autobot like Optimus Prime.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that Metabee wasn't a transformer <XD
~J.D.
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WolfGirlAmaya Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
You are 3PIC! I would greatly fear having to take on such a task! You did an amazing job :clap:
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Silent-Mime Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
You are too funny <XDDD thank you my dear! I'll be honest, after making his head and realizing just how big he would end up, i was rather fearful myself of how much of a challenge he'd be @n@ he was by far the hardest figure i've made yet.

He was certainly worth it though c:>
~J.D.
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kyri01 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This is the best thing I've ever seen! Mad skills you've got here, especially with the "spine" idea!
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Silent-Mime Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
;u; omg you're being way too generous with that love. but thank you so much <3 you give me too much credit for what its worth :happycry:
~J.D.
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kyri01 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
you're absolutely welcome XD
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13anana Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, so awesome!!! Great job on this! :D
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Silent-Mime Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
~J.D.
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ChequeredTee Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student General Artist
That spine thing sounds genius (and also kind of simple, like I bet people will read that and think OH DUH OF COURSE A THING CAN'T STAND UP WITHOUT A SPINE), I mean I don't do any kind of sculpture work but if I ever do I'm totally gonna remember that.

I don't know this character at all but he looks very cool, I like him! I really like the way the hands and feet look especially.
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