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Scrap Vulture v. 2 by Angi-kat Scrap Vulture v. 2 by Angi-kat
Earlier this month (Nov) there was a local art contest, and I was planning to enter a few sculptures in. Problem was... I only had a couple worth putting in, but I wanted to put in the max 3 they were allowing.

Sooo.... since I already had the parts made up for this bird, since I'd planned on making it for Sedona and just ran out of time, I went ahead and finished it.

Unlike my original vulture  -… -  I didn't have any more pipe to work with, nor did I have those farm-machine claws to use on the feet, so I had to come up with something else. I like working with rebar and round bar a lot, and they make for some really attractive, interesting appearance when used appropriately in sculptures. The fact that the vultures body is made out of scrap metal, and thus, itself, not a solid form, ensures that the spaciousness of the neck area looks and feel natural with the rest of the body.
The rebar for the feet, and the heavy claws, also gives a much more organic, natural feel to the design.

One thing that was noted about my previous vulture, was the size of the wings. The wings were a bit small... but then, the sculpture was designed so that the customer who requested it could slide a rock under the tail and onto the base plate. So the wings had to be small enough that they wouldn't get in the way of that, and so they'd be easier for transporting. On this bird, I wanted to correct that issue. So the wings are much bigger, they're also built in 3 different sections to give it a more natural layered appearance.

And since they were the only marbles I had in a matching set... vulture got big green eyes!


Roughly 3ft tall x 2.5ft wide x 2.5ft deep

Took about 2 days to complete
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
this looks amazing
garretts58 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
This is fantastic  Wink/Razz 
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Splendidly sinister.  ;)
UnseenLandscape Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really like the feet on this new version and I think it is overall better than your original design. That said, the connection point for the neck and head just doesn't look right to me. Should be a DD anyway IMO. :D
Angi-kat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm... I can see that. It's hard trying to get round bar to smoothly transition into a solid sheet metal form like the head. I was trying to use the welding texture to help meld the 2 sections together so they'd feel like they fit more.
UnseenLandscape Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was thinking you could weld a few feathers there to hide/blend the transition; most species of vultures have at least some plumage around that area anyway.
Angi-kat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't add more feathers because if I just put a few spare feathers in the front, they'd look odd and out of place, possibly a little mangy. I also didn't want feathers going most of the way up, because then it'd make the neck look like a shaggy mane. The neck on this vulture is very long. Longer then what it would've been on a real vulture, so adding lots of feathers to it would've made it look weird I think, and would've detracted from the vultur-esque baldness.

But I can see where the front of the neck meets quite abruptly with the ring of feathers at the base. The back of the neck transitions more smoothly because I ran feathers half way up it, with the intent of giving it a sort of V-neck.

I may try something different with the next vulture I make. I'm not sure if a bigger feather rough would've worked on this particular design, but I can try it with a slightly different design.
LizanaBee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I like this one a LOT better than the first one you made. The other one was very cool, but I think that this is a LOT more effective and the components all come together so well. The openness of the neck and gentle curves help give a sense of movement, while the re-bar looks SO much more organic than the previous vulture's legs did.

It looks like you lengthened his 'ruff' also and I think that helps bring the entire bird together rather than just serving as a divider between his head and neck.

You didn't say if the contest was complete or not... but I hope that this vulture did very well! :D
Angi-kat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It got 2nd place.  :)
LizanaBee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
Gamma-NR Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013

Beautiful. Sculpture can be so fantastic.


mea00 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Good job :)
cosmiccrittercrafts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very kewl!!
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