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Minotauro III by Ballistyc Minotauro III by Ballistyc
WIP Minotaur bust
the size of the head is about 2 inches.
the entire height (from bottom of sternum to top of horns) is about 5 inches.

Made with Super Sculpey

The likeness is based on the Mix Martial Artist,
and former Pride and UFC Heavyweight champion;
Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira

I've always loved the look of Rodrigo's face. He's got such great character in his features.
The way he wears all his emotions and his history on the surface of his face is just beautiful.
It's authentic.
It's like a map of his life.
....and I've been meaning to do a modernize interpretation of the Minotaur creature for a while now.....
I figured why not combine the two. I suppose it's only fitting that I chose
Rodrigo Nogueira since his nickname is 'Minotauro'.
A beast that roamed the Labyrinths is now a beast that roams the Octagon...

The proportions and symmentry of his face were more difficult than I had imagined.
There's a certain innocense and child-like wonder in Minotauro's eyes that I wanted to capture.
Hopefully I did him justice.

This is still a 'Work-In-Progress', so things might change a bit.
I think I might incorporate a Labyrinth motif into a simple base for the bust.
All critiques are welcomed.
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claralieu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the texture of the skin, wonderful work!
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That overly textured skin surface was just me playing around though.
The final piece isn't nearly as textural.
take safely
Boomer41 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Stunning work! Thanks for my Llama.
benalo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
veryyy gooooood! ")
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
take safely
crazytimo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
such a powerful piece!
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
take safely
Ganth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Wow, this is late, but...

Even with the horn and the ring, it's easy to see that it's Big Nog.

The man is my hero, so this is pretty damn awesome.
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think it looks like him.
This was still early in my process and I was still
working out the shapes and proportions.
...I might do a Lil Nog version one of these days.

The man is my hero as well.
He's probably one of my most favourites, if not my top
favourite Mix Martial Artist of all time. I might rank
Maurício Rua slightly above him though...
take safely
DaveRichardsonArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional
Chuck, this is incredible! Kick ass, I really like this one!
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