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'Dark Knight' by MarkNewman 'Dark Knight' by MarkNewman
This is another sculpt I did for Thomas Blackshear's "Ebony Visions" figurine line.
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Lercio4life Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Man what kind of materials you use?
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Super Sculpey
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b1938dc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Your work is amazing and very inspirational. 
I have a question if you don't mind how do you get large areas of skin and armor so smooth?
I usually sometimes have to briefly use sandpaper.

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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I brush the surface down with a soft bristle brush and turpenoid.
I do some light sanding after it's baked. I also use a very fine steel wool and buff it down if needed.
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b1938dc Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thank you. I have never used turpenoid before. Does it work better than isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), because that is what I use to smooth sculpey. 
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it does. Use it sparingly though as it leaves the surface a bit slimy for awhile.
It will dissipate after a few hours where the surface is workable again.


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b1938dc Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Again thanks and I look forward to the pieces that you masterfully complete.
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kamau123 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I actually bought this piece and I do collect some of the "Ebony Visions" line but this is by far my favorite piece.
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HeidiArt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I've seen this before!!!! I knew I recignized the work!!
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kevho8461 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Tried to leave a comment earlier but it didn't seem to stick?

Anyway, was going to say that I really love this piece. I was curious as to how you made the sword look so good though. Did you make the sword separately and then fuse it his hand for the perfect fit? Something so thin and detailed like that would seem hellish to try and make.
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kevho8461 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So, how did you get the sword to look so good? Especially at that angle, that seems like it'd be hell to sculpt; plus it's so thin too. Did you make it separately and then fuse it to his hand for the perfect fit? I love this piece by the way
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Botan Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
black metal ;)
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rufious Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one. I love the whole Ebony Vision series in fact but this one is my favourite.
I like the fact you depict african people instead of western ones, I seldom see that. And I like even more the irony of putting this one in a western setting.
I want to see even more!
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theWulffmann Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
You are one talented sculptor!
You simply don't stop amazing me.:D
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val0rie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Hi Mark,
Your sculptures are amazing! Can I ask what you are sculpting with?
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This piece is sculpted in Super Sculey. A polymer clay.
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val0rie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Thank you, Mark.

I have tried the "prosculpt", but not with the results I wanted - it was so soft, I didn't care for it. Is the super sculpey that much harder, or do I need to face the fact....Maybe I just stink at this..... :(
:frustrated:
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
There is a "Firm Gray" super sculpey that is not so soft. I usually blend SS with the firm gray SS. You need a good armature
to work with Supar Sculpey because it is a soft material by nature.
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:iconval0rie:
val0rie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Thank you so much. I really appreciate the info - I'll check into it.

Your work is just amazing!
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gureiduson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Yours textures is amazing.
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tyleroot Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
This is a superb piece, my friend. I love the level of detail that you put into three dimensions, I love the silent strength that the knight expresses, but most of all, I love the contrast of cultures, and the fact that you make them look like they belong together. There's a lot of symbolism in this piece, and I applaud your effort.
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pagolas Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
nice but its funny to see a black man in a knight uniform instead of a more natural african attire
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow an exotic knight^^
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CMSupreme Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
is it a single piece of clay or did you make it from multiple pieces? :O
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Building it up. add on take off. Not really a single piece of clay like stone carving.
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CMSupreme Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Ok.
The armor really came out very detailed and well designed, but except for this part and the sword, everything else seems more or less made from one piece of clay.

Thank you for your answer and your patience.
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
You leave me in awe. Seriously, the pelt, the clothing? You are really talented.

And forgive me if I'm wrong, but is the title supposed to be "black knight"?
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
When I was sculpting it the working title was 'Black Night'. But since you brought this up I just looked at the production samples I get and on the bottom side of the base where all the information is BAM! they actually named it "Dark Knight" and I used the wrong "night" in the first place. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
Happy to help:)
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MrMarshall Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
you are too good at this 0_o
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shaneandhisdog Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Amazing work!

What did you use for sculpting the sword?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Beautiful!
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BLACKSTAR-SHABACH Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Now Im confusewd, I thought of TB when I saw your work, I thought he was the sculptor,....I really love this one,...one of my fav sculpts so far...a piece of history many people dont know about
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it. Actually I'm the lead sculptor for Thomas's E.V. line. I've been sculpting this line since it's inception. About 12 years now.
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BLACKSTAR-SHABACH Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
woooowwwww, so your part of my inspiration, I guess its fair to say your one of the reasons I decided to take sculpture classes in scholl, hey thanks,...you also help he w/my anatomical, texture and drapery studies, thanks again
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's good to know that this E.V. line is a sorse of inspiration for you.
KEEP ON CREATING!!
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disscordia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
fantastic work again
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thepunisherone Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
Whoa man..looks like you just painted a human figure.

Amazing!
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resuki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Excuse me while I have a girly moment.... I want to pounce on him!

~ahem~ Once again, great detail. The whole figure is just amazing.
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deralbi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wonderful:)
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comfycushion87 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
He's like Saint Maurice. All he needs is the Spear of Longinus. And a Roman Soldier's uniform...*cough* Anyway, what do you sculpt in?
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kubagami Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually there are paintings of Saint Maurice in armor tho it looks more spanish then english or roman
[link]
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Sean-Dabbs-fx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
cool concept, and well realised, great job ounce again dude :D
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grover80 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing Detail! That armor looks beautiful!!
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Jezzann Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
this is just great! there is so much feeling in this.
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MarkNewman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate all your comments.
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Jounouchi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
wow! looks faboulos! i aodre this :D your so good at sculpting
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
just amazing just amazing. I will never know how you manage the smooth and textures so beautifully. its a study in balances.
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