Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sea Serpent Sculpt Finished!

I finished the sea serpent sculpture I've been working on this Thursday and got it listed in my Etsy shop : I thought I'd share some wip photos with you. First I finished sculpting the clay waves over the wood base.

Then I mixed together Liquitex Blue acrylic paint with transparent green polytranspar paint to make a thin wash.

I applied the wash over the clay waves in thin coats.

After several coats of the blue/green wash I dry brushed in some white caps.

When my painted sea dried I gave it several coats of water based clear varnish to seal the finish.

While the varnish was setting I mixed up a small batch of EnviroTex Clear resin.

I wanted to do a test mixture of the Envirotex, sand and broken bits of shell to be sure it cured properly. The next morning I saw it had set fine - clear and hard!

So I mixed up a second batch and poured it into the bottom of the listing boat letting it settle to the side. I've never seen the floor of a work boat yet that didn't have some sea water slogging back and forth. The EnviroTex captured this look perfectly!

Here are some photos of the finished piece. Click on them if you'd like a larger view:

If I've piqued your curiosity about sea serpents you may enjoy these links:

The UnMuseum - Sea Serpent of Gloucester

The Shadowlands Sea Serpent page

This book by J.P. O'Neill sounds right up my alley! The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 16...


  1. Looking good there, sir!

    Any ideas for the next one?

  2. Très belle réalisation que cette sculpture et votre serpent de mer est "terrifiant"!!! Quelle patience... bravo.
    Gros bisous et bon weekend.

  3. Amazing!!! That came out so great! I love his coloring!!

  4. Yes Traumador I have several more boats that are in need of monsters ;)

    @ Martine - thank you for your kind remark.

    @ Patty - Thanks! I'm glad you like the coloring.

  5. WOW! That is brilliant & so damn well done! ;)

  6. I loved seeing exactly how you made your sculpture and the finished product is amazing! Your newest follower from EBT, welcome!

  7. I love it! The serpent has such a personality! You create such wonderfully amazing things!

  8. Hey that's awesome about the guitar! Good luck practicing-it sounds like you're working really hard at it :) And I love this sculpture by the way! Very nice work :)

  9. looks great. I love the pictures that you got on etsy too, very realistic, and I obviously love anything that I can see the progression of how it was made. Great work!

  10. I always love seeing what you are working on. This is fab! Hope you both are starting to thaw out up North!


  11. So beautiful!! I can't actually believe someone (you!) have made it by hand! Such great attention for details! So impressive!!
    The photos are stunning in the way they show the process. Really gorgeous work!!

  12. Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate it!

  13. I think this is wonderful! Very detailed, very cool... Great job!

  14. This is very impressive Brian. I'll read your other posts this week-end, but i've browsed quickly over a few of your sculpts pictures and they are absolutely awesome. Very inspiring stuff...