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Centaur 1 by JordanAbernethy Centaur 1 by JordanAbernethy
I finally got around to finishing this piece and getting photos taken. I hope you all enjoy my take on the ideal centaur and proportions.
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Given 2012-09-04
Centaur 1 by ~Tarksis ( Suggested by Crickatoo and Featured by Astralseed )
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indigo-98 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stop looking at this! so gorgeous
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you!
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:iconlindamcook:
lindamcook Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful art work, looks like you could touch him and he would come to life.
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, he has been cast in bronze so I will put up some new pictures
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Olvium Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing to see the "reality" of this sculpture, the proportions are so good here, well done! :clap:
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SeanRobertCook Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
THIS is an absolutely stunning work! Your overall rendering of this mythological creature is beautifully done, though, with regard to your mentioned proportions, you did an especially superb job in my humble opinion. Browsing over many other artists' take on the centaur, I've come to find that an oversized human torso is often a given, be that an intentional aesthetic choice to over-pronounce the region of a centaur that tends to convey the most character, or just an anatomical mishap. You could also just call it my own personal preference where the language of anatomical under/over-pronunciations are concerned...but you've hit a bulls eye on the perfect balance in every area with this guy.

The heavily developed musculature throughout the humanoid torso (specifically from the biceps and triceps, up to the deltoids and traps) works perfectly with the realistically sized head (LOVE the choice of helmet btw) and hands, and also serves to communicate a well-centered sense of balance when juxtaposed against the intimidating size of the stallion body. Your choice of pose for this piece is also a stroke of genius. A character this powerful needn't be displayed in a berserker rage, with limbs violently flailing all about. The simple, yet elegant rearing up of the centaur's horse portion, intermixed with his proud, at the ready, back-arched and neck-cocked upper torso speaks volumes of just how formidable a being this centaur is.

From the course texture of the steeds' ribcage and lats, to the precise detail in each and every vein, you've created a truly masterful work of art here, sir. You and your serious talent are a huge inspiration. And, please pardon the length of this here post...I simply couldn't help myself. ^_^
Thank you for sharing this with the DA community!
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JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Any response I offer will pale in comparison to your eloquent and much appreciated comment. I struggled with this sculpture for 8 months, re-sculpted 5 times. Literally hundreds of hours. I felt I couldn't make it any better and I'm so happy you agree. There is always the balance of not only proportion, but how detailed do I go? Do I use wax and try for a hyper realism? Possibly losing the artistic raw clay and tool marks that make it a piece of artwork. Had to stay with Greek Corinthian helm and the plume I chose is historic, but also reminiscent of a horses mane. Had to stay classical and not put all kinds of armor to avoid him looking too "fantasy". Every decision I made on this guy had a reason even down to the olive tree trunk which is very Mediterranean. I am pleased to announce that he is going to the foundry this month to be bronzed, finally, after over a year and a half of sitting here in my studio. Thank you Sean
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SeanRobertCook Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, it was totally my pleasure to comment on, and basically critique this fantastic work of art. I'm told I tend to flap when txting/msging, and while that is more than likely true, I must say that it would be a crime to not post the most thorough and meticulously written comment on any piece that shows as much dedication to the artistic process as does this one. I feel that an in-depth critique is the very, very...very least that any viewers whom are taking the time to enjoy looking over and or +faving a work of art can (and should!) do. So sorry once again for the length of what I intended to be a simple second reply, but oooh doggy, this is one of the few topics within the world of art that really chaps my ass. Anywho, dodging another rant here, thank you for the added details on how the process of creating this piece went. It amazes me all the more to know exactly how much work you put into it, and the decision making behind each step, which absolutely shows.
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Ameban Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very, very nice concept, anatomic work and pose.
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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qbeno Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
really cool
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

what a lovely sculpt Jordan. beautiful .


atb --tim

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JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Tim
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

welcome man. :)


atb --tim

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dave067 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Beautiful work, powerful posture !
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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sapphronze Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Beautiful work, an inspiration.
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laibhargaid Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMFG.
Regards,
Steve G.
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha thanks!
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DavidZhou Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great posture !
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AThorwald Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Awesome work.
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Bill-Con Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
superb. the spear should be a bit thicker though, looks very fragile and thin.
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bearlover75657 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love centaurs, and you did a very good job on this piece!
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man!
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Phillociraptor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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greysummers610 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning piece!!!
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JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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greysummers610 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!!! had to put that in my faves so that I can keep coming back to it as a source of inspiration.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Wow!
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warkentien2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, the muscle structure is impecable
has an imposing pose

hats off!
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Estigmaxxx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
que chida
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TJverhagen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
that's freekin' brilliant. very impressive.
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Chiron1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very nice!

I'd love to see more images of him. Some nice detail shots would be great!
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Chiron1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Yeah... I just found more images. Sorry!
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JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol no problem, hope you enjoy them!
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SwanBurglar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
i cant get enough of your work
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:iconmattsochist:
mattsochist Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
great piece! i am a saggittarius and forever a fan of the centaur,and you masterfully brought this one to life.
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JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a great experience receiving this Daily Deviation! This is a wonderful community of talented artists that have taken time out to recognize me and say some nice things. Thank you all very much!
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Virgil5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what is it made of?
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
JMAC oil based clay
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you cast your work in bronze?
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I do. The Centaur is still in clay though waiting for a buyer so I can cover casting costs. Most of what is in my DeviantART gallery is bronzed.
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You do wonderful work! I hope to create sculptures as lovely
as yours one day. Perhaps in my second childhood! :laughing:
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Rhonda. Good luck to you!
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconvirgil5:
Virgil5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks so cool.. you have an insane talent! Keep it up! ;)
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:iconjordanabernethy:
JordanAbernethy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man!
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sajin01 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you know what i've always wondered? ouo
does a centaur have two stomaches, or one? o: if it only has one, where is it- in the horse half or the human half?

but i always wonder about pointless stuff *-*

its so well done and cool! >w< i've always liked greek mythology and junk~
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