View the digital model here: [link]
Holy crap.... holy crap, this is actually REAL!!!!! I am still in a bit of shock to see it, and to see how well it turned out. YES!!!
This is my final project for my 3-D Modeling and Physical Output course. This sculpture was first made in ZBrush, and then sent as an STL file to a 3-D printer on my campus, to then be 'printed' out in a stack of layers cemented to one another as each is stacked on top of the other. This is printed in a resin-like plastic, and is quite durable. I may attempt to sand down some of the rougher edges and see if it can be done.
This sculpture is also on the smaller side, at 7 inches long, 3-4 inches wide, and roughly 2 inches tall - it is great as a 'desk buddy' that won't clutter up space too much.
I may not have access to a 3-D printer in the immediate future, but I am very interested in offering custom character sculptures printed out in this way (posed of course, or static if one prefers), though due to time for creating a unique 3-D model and the amount of poly errors to fix when sending these models to a printer, they may be rather expensive (around the $200-$400 level).
I have to say, seeing my own unique dragon species, a thing that I have put so much effort, research, time, and passion into, seeing these creatures as a physically tangible thing, has begun to satisfy a fantasy that I have always wished to become reality; seeing my Romanian Three-Tails in the flesh. This is a very small step in that direction, but my heart just races when I can admire, touch, and observe in reality.
I am also very happy with myself to see that this model looks so...plausible, and fluid. How the membrane connects to the body with natural grace; how the subtle play of light naturally accentuates the forelimb musculature; the way the caudal spines cast their shadows over the rest of the tail; the manner in which the wing digits fold and appear to be unidirectional from one view, but then display a gentle inclination upward in another, as one sees in bats... some things just can't be appreciated so fully in two dimensions, but the third dimension of physical space grants me that very thing I've been craving for so long.
This is the start of something very, very special and dear to me. I love it!!!
Art and model created by Stephanie Dziezyk/LeccathuFurvicael 2013.