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Crionnacht The Sheecrann 5 by Boggleboy Crionnacht The Sheecrann 5 by Boggleboy
Críonnacht the Sheecrann

Wandering deep within any Faerie haunted woodland or forest, those special and rare few folk who are tuned in to the magical realms can often spot the signs of the wide and diverse variety of sylvan spirits. Evidence of their presence can be found everywhere, if one knows how and where to look. And sometimes even “faerie plants” can be seen by the lucky woodland wanderer. Such “plants” are as diverse and varied as the faerie's themselves. One species of "faerie plant" are known as the "Sheecrann"

Críonnacht- Irish Gaelic for "wisdom"- the Sheecrann- or "faerie tree"- is one of a species of these strange creatures found throughout the Realm of Faerie and sometimes within certain mortal woodlands fortunate enough to be inhabited by the faerie folk. These creatures are actually a cross between animals and plants. Often times these "living" faerie tree stumps are in the company of various faeries, elves, gnomes, hedge-boggles©, or other denizens of the Faerie Realm. This is because the Sheecrann act as a sort of magical battery- recharging those faeries who set upon them. When the energy of a Sheecrann is used up by recharging those faerie creatures that avail themselves of their energy, the Sheecrann begin to be absorbed back into the earth as is the fate of any such thing in the mortal world... The life span of the Sheecrann is quite short when compared to other Fae, and it is believed that they are really more of a symbiotic being, rather than a proper race of beings unto themselves. Once the Sheecrann are absorbed completely into the soil, what essence of them that remains will eventually become newborn Moss Folk and other faerie flora, such as the Sheebeacán- or "faerie mushroom", and thus, in a way, the Sheecrann continue their lives. It is even believed that those pine trees in which the Pine Sprites dwell may have grown where one or more of the Sheecrann once existed. Furthermore, the Sheecrann do not merely exist to "recharge" the Faerie Folk, but are quite wise and know many of the earths most ancient and obscure secrets. The Sheecrann will often impart this knowledge to those fortunate few who know how to listen and have the ability to "see" these beings. Many an archaeologist may very well secretly owe a debt of gratitude to a Sheecrann for their own “discoveries”.
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Linkette Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Wow! I'm speechless . . . I can't imagine making something so detailed. @_@
This is AMAZING. And I really liked reading the story that goes with it, too. ^_^
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Gretta! Believe it or not, he was supposed to be one of my less involved pieces!!!! I'm glad that you enjoyed him and his tale- and thank you for reading it and for the fav! It is greatly appreciated.
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Linkette Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
Ahh, you're very welcome! You deserve it! ^o^ :hug:
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Word-worth-1000-pics Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
on *Word-worth-1000-pics which is a community project
promoting artists on dA.
It has been found from the word : "TREE/s " :devart:

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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you once again for the feature! I am honored!
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alexandrelobo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!!! Loved it! :clap:
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Alex! :)
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Comacold Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
What materials did you use?
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Polymer clay and other natural materials. The main piece then was painted in layers of acrylic.
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Comacold Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Acrylic? When I paint my sculptures with acrylic their surface becomes unpleasantly rough and kinda mat. But yours looks great.
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You must be putting it on too thick. Plus, you really wouldn't want your surface to be glossy- that seems to be a mistake a lot of people make. A matte finish is what I have on this piece- except the eyes which I've coated in a gloss glaze. But really shiny, glossy surfaces are not as visually appealing for the whole piece unless that is exactly the visual texture you want- it makes everything look like it was mass produced out of plastic injection molded material or rubber. In most cases, you should be trying for matte or even a flat finish. I water my acrylics down and apply them in layers as washes. Build it up rather than trying to cover the surface in one go. I also coat my finished painted product with an acrylic matte medium- also watered down a bit.

Another thing you can try is to coat the painted product in TLS and then bake it again at a lower temp for a short period of time, but I don't recomend that to you unless you really have a feel for you clay, and for how to apply TLS as it can build up too much in lower areas and turn milky. You really need to have your technique for painting sculpts and models down before you try that latter technique- I still don't get it right all the time- as well knowing what you can do with your the baking times and temperatures, as it can cause the surfce to turn brown or totally ruin your paint job if you aren't careful. But you should never apply acrylic paint to the surface right out of the tube- so to speak- without diluting it a bit. There are also a lot of dry brush techniques I use. I apply the darker colors first- adequately diluted- and let that dry, then I use a sort of dry brush method to apply lighter shades to all the higher areas, thus leaving the lower areas darker. It takes a but of honing...
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Comacold Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the longest comment I ever got from anyone! And the most useful aswell :)
Thank you so much for the tip, I'll try it out while painting my next sculpture :D Too bad I don't know what TLS is :confused: I guess it doesn't matter though, as I do not bake my sculptures (I use self-hardening clay).
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
OH! You don't use polymer clay at all! Well then...never mind about the TLS- and sorry about that, I usually abhor the use of technical jargon and slang, but TLS is Transparent Liquid Sculpey. It's great stuff and very versatile for use with all brands of polymer clays... But that doesn't apply to you! :laughing: Sorry...I assumed. Do you use air-dry clays or clays that dry as a result of chemical reactions- in other words two part epoxy clays?

And I'm glad that my extremely lengthy reply was useful for you! :) One thing about DA that should happen between artists is an exchange of ideas and techniques. So I'm glad to help out.

I'd once hoped that DA would get my work exposed to others who might want to collect my work- i.e. customers. But....there are really more artists here than art supporters and collectors. And well, we artists tend not to have any money. But I have gained much more from here that has helped, and that has been information and even moral support. So...I hope I have given one of those!

Will you ever post pictures of any of your sculpts here on DA? I looked through your gallery and saw none. I'd like to see what you've done!
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Comacold Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I only have 3 quite small and complicated ones so they don't look good (since I am a beginner and those small details were more that I could handle) but yes, I will post them, hopefully this month so people can have a laugh ;P
I use an air-dry white clay. Thought that buying the one which requires baking would be a waste of money. I don't have much confidence in my baking skills ^^; and I was afraid that I may ruin the sculpture by doing sth wrong + I tend to use materials other than clay so baking would probably harm them.
P.S. Sometimes a good advice can mean more than money to an artist. I guess it depends on the price ;)
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, let me know when you post them. And I would never laugh at them!

Yes, good advice is nice- but I usually fetch a pretty penny for my works, and the $$$ puts food on the table and keeps bill collectors away from the door step! While advice...well, it still has it's value.
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eyefeather Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
:love: How big is he?
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
He is : 12cm in height x 14 cm wide x 9 cm deep And thanks! I added your EBay auctions to my favs on EBay by the way! I love the stuff you have up!
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eyefeather Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
I wouldn't have guessed, from the pic he looks huge!
Thanks on the ebay add! I'm trying to get rid of the rest of my worms, but hopefully more interesting things will get done soon. :)
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fairiesnest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful character with amazing details...I love the stories that go along with your pieces!
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Cynthia- it's gotten so that it is more difficult for me to do these creatures and not have a back-story to them!
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, I love the details and the story! The effort you put into both really bring the character to life :D
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MUTTAS Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah! :hug::ahoy:
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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