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Minotauro IV by Ballistyc Minotauro IV 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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:iconkirstenbakker:
kirstenbakker Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagined the face to be a bit bigger, considering the amount of detail and tiny wrinkles in its skin.
You did a great job on this piece, it is so beautiful and lifelike.
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:iconlenindcruz:
How do you get so much detail into 2 inches of head?
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:iconromerofan67:
Awesome! I love it so much! An amazing piece.
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you again!
take care...drive safely
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:iconsoheir:
oh my.. awesome
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Ballistyc Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Much appreciated!
take care...drive safely
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JeffStahl Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow......
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Ballistyc Dec 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
take care...and Happy Holidays!
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:icontheankylosaurus:
Wait. SCULPEY.

... what.

I swear I can see sweat, and pores, and - WHAT IS THIS

Are you, like, capturing human souls in your Super Sculpey? Because these things are amazing.
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:iconballistyc:
Ballistyc Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I taxidermy the homeless...
Shh....don't tell anyone.
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