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Big Ostrich and Me by RandyHand Big Ostrich and Me by RandyHand
I added a shot of me and my ugly mug next to the ostrich to give the client a sense of how big it is.
I'm 8 feet tall so you do the math...

I didn't realize what an offensively large head I have...hmmmm
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scotcampbell Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Artist
...oh I wanted ask, is it WED clay?
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scotcampbell Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Artist
I am really impressed by your uniqueness. I have seen some super realistic and amazing monsters and demons and hulks, etc, They are so incredible! But having said that I love the character you put in yours even more. It's like you take the heart of the character you are sculpting and super charge it or something, it's like you injected your own emotion and feeling into it 10 fold, so bitchin' Damn I love it!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Thank you so very much for your kind words and support!
I really do put a lot of myself in to each piece and am so glad you can pick up on that.
The clay I use quite a bit is a soft tan clay by a company called J-Mac.
It's an oil based clay that I enjoy using.
Thanks again for all of your messages!
Take care
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scotcampbell Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Artist
Your welcome.

I will look into that j-mac clay. I will continue to watch and revisit your page. Great work!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
It's one of the more inexpensive ones out there.
Thanks again for your kind words and support!
Take care
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scotcampbell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Artist
I googled your name and checked out a couple sites online. I agree with the "drawing every day". I am a window painter and work pretty much everyday but I get into ruts sometimes and repeat the same characters or way of approaching a job sometimes. I just recently renewed my interest in animation and have begun drawing a lot! It makes a difference. Here is a sketch I did of one of your cool fish sculptures. I dig your fish.

hmmm...new on deviant, can't seem to add the photo, I will submit it to my scrapbook.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Thanks again for sketching my Go Fish piece!
You really captured the feel of it.
I agree...without drawing every day, I wouldn't be nearly as far along with this whole sculpting thing. :)
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solticeart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh wow! I would love to do something this large someday! right now my studio is way to small lol no way would that fit! haha, its why im kind of stuck with working on small things right now. I also love to see other artists working space. I think there was a magazine at one time that showed nothing but artists spaces or studios... 
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
It really is a blast to work big. I definitely need a little more space to get around the pieces. I would like an even bigger studio one of these days though.
I'm the same as you...it' fun to see other peoples work spaces.
All my best,
Take care
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Z1chopper Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   General Artist
Your work is fantastic. It is so well done and with so much artistry. I will be back often to see what you are up to. Very well designed and executed pieces. 8 ft tall haha. Your head is massive. =)
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Thanks so much! I really did have a blast with that piece.
Thanks so much for wanting to check in on my work.
Yeah, my head...Gotta get an operation to reduce the swelling...hee hee.
All my best,
Take care
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Dodonius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Is it supposed to stand on it's own, and if it's supposed to stand on it's own how did you know it would be able to?
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I did indeed.
I used to work at the foundry that cast it and knew how capable they were with any sculpture.
They welded steel rods inside the legs and out through the bottom of the feet and those got welded to a 4ft. x 4ft. steel sled frame.
The steel frame was set in cement below ground level giving it the appearance that it was free standing.
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naladraws Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no way you're 8 feet tall!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Hee hee....that was a fib...I confess.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're eight feet tall? Whose feet????? :rofl: Love the ostrich! The face reminds me a lot of Mr. Ping from the Kung Fu Panda movies. Not your face, the ostrich's face!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Heh heh, I know, there were a few that didn't get the joke.
Thanks for liking the ostrich.
He does have that Mr. Ping look to him for sure.
Ha haha...thanks for specifying the ostrich!
Take care
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mr. Ping is one of my favorite Panda characters, along with Oogway. I feel for Mr. Ping. I wonder what they're going to do in the third movie? Po's real dad is still alive...and I wonder if they'll have enough balls to have the kind of story this set up implies?
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It'll be interesting to see what they do.
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kagemeddressing Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you bake that?
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I don't. It's an oil based clay that was moulded and then cast by the lost wax process.
The process is amazing...go to www.artcastings.com and look for the video.
I used to work at this foundry years ago.
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finger-thing Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
wow thats massive and amazing cant imagige how you made that, what clay is it made from and how do you make it solid, nice work though
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Thanks! It's got pipe going through it and the mass of it is primarily styrafoam.
There's probably 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick clay over the whole thing.
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finger-thing Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
ahh i see but how do you fire the clay or is it air drying
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
It's an oil based clay that doesn't dry.
If you look in my gallery and check the 'tutorials' section. Look for "how I sculpted the big tree" and "how I moulded the big tree"
That is essentially how I sculpted the ostrich.
You can see it's not a quick and easy process...ha ha
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finger-thing Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
okay thanks will have a look, just started a bit of sculpting so trying to learn all i can.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Awesome! Another great place to check out is my buddy Jamie's DA site. He has some awesome sculpting tutorial links.
He's :iconjamiedmac:
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TamaraKane Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This thread answered a question I posted on another of your pictures. Disregard and thank you. :)
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Superbum Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very impressive.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Thanks so much. It definitely was a challenge but fun at the same time.
Take care
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you were 8 feet tall I'd think your head would be somewhere near the ceiling! This sculpt is absolutely gorgeous. Your whole gallery is such a treat; everything you've created is just bursting with life and personality. I can quite easily imagine all the sculpts in this photo quietly nattering to each other when no one's looking. Keep up the awesome work, Randy! :beer:
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words and support Robin...and for the fave and watch!
Gonna have to put a watch right back on you...your gallery is incredible.
Yeah, I think my lack of mathematic skills throws my sense of measurement off a bit...hee hee.
So glad you enjoyed my work...The studio does have a sort of crazy energy to tell you the truth.
Thanks again!
All my best,
Take care
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! And gosh, thank you :'D

Hey, maths is for people without calculators. Besides, its more fun to picture you as a giant sculptor haha. Can't wait to see what you come up with next, man. Cheers!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
You bet!

I agree. Gotta love the calculators!

Heh heh...giant sculptor, I like that...:)
Thanks again!
All my best,
Take care
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Deeds10 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love that you dont stick with one genre and you reach out. *clap* your stuff is amazing.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thanks so very much for such a great compliment!
Maybe it's that I get bored easily?...I like to jump all over the place and I really appreciate you noticing that.
All my best to you,
Take care
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Ataum Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the ostrich, but I love the rest of your workshop. Oh, who am I kidding, I love the ostrich as well. ^^ But your workshop is.. messy, but in an organized way. Exactly the sort of room I like. :P Organized chaos. (Don't take offense at the chaos-part, please. You should see my room. That's not even organized chaos all the time. Sometimes it's just chaotic chaos.)
I really like the detail you've put into his feathers. ^^
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thanks so much!
Yeah, I actually 'organized' it after all the big pieces were done and out of the studio....
It kind of looks better, but there's definitely something in every nook and cranny...;)
And no offense taken....:)
It's fun when people notice the background of the studio....
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pavalo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This image shows your excellent skills and sense of humour once more. I thought I was allready deeply impressed but now I have found the basement underneath 'deeply' from where I will be revering you from this moment on. Any idea what this bird weighs. No wonder they can't fly!

Is he looking at something specific once he's put on his place. (maybe another ostrich's head peeping above the ground while the rest is burried, or some legs sticking idioticly(mmm, it seems like english but I'm not sure) out of the ground?, can't help myself trying to be equally funny, quite sad actually :(

No, you're in an league of your own, is what I'm trying to say...
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
You are too kind...thanks so much for the message of support Paul...
This is actually part of a multi-piece commission for a client in Kauai.
The concept drawing and explanation of the commission is here:
[link]
Everything should be in bronze and then installed by late fall or early winter.
One of my biggest undertakings to date plus the fact that I had the sea turtle bench and giant caterpillar going at the same time. I'll be glad to have my studio back which should be this weekend or early next week.
Thanks again for the great message man!
Take care
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pchp7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing!!! What did u sculpt it out of? Are u srsly 8 ft tall?
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Thanks so much!
No...I'm actually 5'8" tall...I just put that in there to throw people...;)
It's got a styrafoam and steel pipe armature with oil based clay on the outside of that....
Thanks again,
Take care
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Shalladdrin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Phenomenal! Your work is brilliant. :D

And your head isn't big. :D
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Thanks so much..you are too kind....

and thanks for the 'head' compliment...I just won't look in the mirror...hee hee
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Shalladdrin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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gabrio76 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is great Randy!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thanks so much Gabriel!
So glad you like it...
I can't wait to get it cast in bronze...
Best to you my friend!
Take care
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jpug Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
That's just amazing.....
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SnowLeopard314159 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
((eye roll)) Well, I like the ostrich.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
you are evil AND a brat...;)

Maybe that's why I like you...hee hee
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