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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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:iconclaralieu:
claralieu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the texture of the skin, wonderful work!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
That overly textured skin surface was just me playing around though.
The final piece isn't nearly as textural.
take care...drive safely
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:iconboomer41:
Boomer41 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Stunning work! Thanks for my Llama.
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:iconbenalo:
benalo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
veryyy gooooood! ")
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
take care...drive safely
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:iconcrazytimo:
crazytimo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
such a powerful piece!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ha...thanks...
take care...drive safely
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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.
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:iconballistyc:
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 care...drive safely
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DaveRichardsonArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional
Chuck, this is incredible! Kick ass, I really like this one!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, Dave! I appreciate it!
take care..drive safely
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:iconromerofan67:
Romerofan67 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Awesome! I love how the horns are placed. Amazing work!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you very much!
take care...drive safely
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:iconhiddenindream:
HIDDENinDREAM Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:eyepopping: holy shit
this is amazing!! :D :D :D
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
hey watch your language!
...just kidding...haha
thanks!
take care..drive safely
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:iconhiddenindream:
HIDDENinDREAM Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
haaha weeeelll . yes :)
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:iconharleyrayne:
HarleyRayne Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Stunning.
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
...and thanks a lot for favouriting this piece as well.
take care...drive safely
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:iconunbequo:
unbequo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Unbelievably great!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
..and thanks for the favourite too!
take care...drive safely
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:iconsculptor-robert-d:
Sculptor-Robert-D Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Love the finish on this piece, very imaginative.
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Rob!
I appreciate it, and thanks for the favourite.
take care...drive safely
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:iconluluoscuro:
LuluOscuro Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Cool scupture! You have made exellent work with the skin. I don't know what super sculpey is, I don't think they sell it in Finland, looks so sick! I feel you captured the innocense well.
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you very much.
'Super Sculpey' is a type of polymer clay.
...bascially plasticized clay that can then be baked to harden.
You can always find it available online if you're interested.

Thanks for the compliments, and the comment!
...and thanks also for favouriting this piece too!
take care...drive safely
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LuluOscuro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Actually, I already ended up ordering some sculpey from ebay, it isn't available in any stores in Finland :( I loved the stuff! I've only worked with different types of natural clays, and I was quite suspicious about the stuff, but it turned out to be the best clay for modelling I've ever used!
Anyways thanks for replying.
Please keep on doing what you're doing, you have such an amazing talent, this work of yours is one of my favourite sculptures ever!
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:iconfeedmyfetus:
feedmyfetus Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Looks like him, good job. Cant wait to see this finished and painted.
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
great job! very impressive!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again!
Much appreciated.
take care...drive safely
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:iconhylian-princess:
Hylian-princess Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
it's amazing and perfect!!^^
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you very much!
Thanks also for favouriting this piece too!
take care...drive safely
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:iconhylian-princess:
Hylian-princess Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
your welcome ^^
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:icongyemantszel:
gyemantszel Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
it's perfect!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
take care...drive safely
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:icontobotx:
tobotX Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing

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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you, sir!
take care...drive safely
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:iconbulgsar:
Bulgsar Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Danke für den visuellen Orgasmus
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha...you're welcome!
I had to use Google 'translator' to understand
what you were saying. Although it seems the word
'orgasm' is universal...haha
take care...drive safely
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:iconmaryjsheridan:
maryjsheridan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
wow! very cool!
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Mary!
and thanks for the favourite too.
take care...drive safely
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:iconmaryjsheridan:
maryjsheridan Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
I will my friend....buckling up ;-)
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:iconmaldoror24:
Maldoror24 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
he's amazing! i wish i could see the whole sculpture
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is basically the whole sculpture.
...the only thing you can't see are the tips of the horns.
thanks for the favourite!
take care...drive safely
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
This is really beautiful Chuck...
Minotauro is one of my favorite fighters and you are definitely catching his character.
I'm amazed at how so many fighters ears are scarred over and puffed up from all the years of rubbing and damage they receive. you've captured that as well.
you may just have to enter this in to Spectrum 18?...heh heh
Great work my friend...
Take care
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha yeah it seems just about every MMA fighter has
a cauliflower ear....or ears...
and Big Nog's got a matching pair.
They were so much fun to sculpt.

Spectrum 18?....I don't know about that.
I've got something better that I'm going to submit.
Thanks, Randy!
take care...drive safely
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:iconrandyhand:
RandyHand Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
ooooo, now i'm curious...
Can't wait to see what you have in store for 18.
hope all has been great with you Chuck!
Take care
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:iconmatarel:
Matarel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
inredible work just amazing man

i see you put the bizarre era that all MMA fighters has
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you!
...and thanks for favouriting this piece too.
take care...drive safely
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