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Lion Miniature - A Little Exercise of Sculpture

Things have gone wild with this little exercise of a Lion sculpture, done this way, almost by brute force. It is nothing to be taken so serious, for it served as an exercise and pastime. Then, Let the lions roar!

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KEY WORDS: Sculpture, Car Body Filler, Miniature, Model, Prototype, Mold, Keep.


Most of the techniques shown here are from what I learned and adapted to my use. Certainly there may be people who do the same thing in a better way. But what I do I am passing to who else might be interested in trying it.

When trying to sculpt something one must be familiarized with the object of the work, what is clear in this work that I am not. The project is just an exercise, something not so serious, hence there is nothing to worry about.



The lion sculpture

In the medieval castle miniature project that I am working on, I planned to add lions sculptures to the castle.  I imagined four lions, one on each side of the keep, near the top, on bases coming from the walls. They should be the four watching lions. The legend might claim so.

I needed the lions miniatures and went to the shops to find them. After searching the whole town, not a single miniature was found. Specially one that matched the pose and size the I needed. Very disappointed, I decided that I would make the miniatures myself. So, what comes next is the description of the steps that I took to reach the closest shape of the lion that I imagined.

Step 1

I made a rectangular shape with car body filler. Cut it diagonal and horizontally as shown in picture 1.  The higher side is intended for the head of the lion.

Picture 1

Step 2

Cut the edges as picture 2 shows. It resembles somewhat a rude form of an animal. On the left are the head and the forelegs more delimited.

Picture 2

Step 3

Cut the edges once again.  Now smoothing them to get a more rounded form and delimiting the mane. Deepening the sides to start the legs modeling. Result in picture 3.

Picture 3

Step 4

At this point I began to sculpt the legs and the mane.

Picture 4

Step 5

The muzzle, eyes, ears and tail were the main points that the shape needed to be attained. Anyway, I did not like the result. Mainly with the muzzle shape.

Picture 5

Step 6

At this time, I stopped the work and analyzed what I had done.

Picture 6

Picture 7

Picture 8

Picture 9


Step 7

I made some changes to the ears, muzzle and mane forms as seen in picture 10.


Picture 10


Here is a thumb lion (in fact a little bigger) almost ready for the mold, since I need four items like this.


Picture 11





The lions are acceptable for my purpose. They are not so accurate as one should expect, but they fit the form of a rude sculpture of the 13th century. That is the time of the construction of the imaginary castle where they have to be placed. Nevertheless, that does not justify my lack of information about this magnificent animal, neither does it justify my lack of skills in sculpting. Here are the lions straight from the mold. They are resting, so I must do now that the work is done.

As soon as possible, I shall come back to this page, after studying the lion a bit more, and make a new thumb sculpture.





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Ivan Gouveia

Post graduate in Computer Networking from FACIMED - Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of Cacoal. Graduate in Information Technology from UNESC - Union of Colleges of Cacoal. Has a CCNA (Cisco) as complementary course on Computer Networks. Is professional in the field of Electronics and Computer Programming. Programmer in languages Delphi and Visual Basic.