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Eve and the Serpent by Cissell Eve and the Serpent by Cissell
Eve and the serpent...

Ceramic, fired bisque. No armature and no molds used.

I like ceramic clay (sometimes) because I can rough in the sculpture really quickly. I also like how, without an armature, I can "tweak" the pose, make subtle changes in the twist of the torso, neck, or legs... an option that is not as easy when building over an armature. The finished sculpture is sometimes not as refined as other materials would be, but it serves as a good quick study and perhaps a maquette for something later.

I did not use a model or any reference on this piece-- sculpted from my imagination only. :-D

Edit 1-6-13: Thank you, dA staff, for featuring this as a DD! I am grateful to everyone for checking out my work, and will respond to any comments that you care to leave me :-)
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Given 2013-01-06
Eve and the Serpent by *Cissell ( Featured by SRudy )
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Sherio88 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
very cool, but how'd she get her bellybutton? ;D
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Impressive craftsmanship!
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:iconmbybee:
mbybee Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great piece!
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:iconrubemventura:
rubemventura Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
very good!
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:iconobserver14:
Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great piece! I like figurative work too (in clay), and I like the freedom to "tweak" the pose as you say. I love the hands here. About how big is this?
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Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work! :D
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :-)
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:iconsonic1234567891:
Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :nod:
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:icongrayamir:
grayamir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find the ears to be most impressively rendered. *applauds*
I like how you sneaked the fruit onto it as well.
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha glad you noticed :-). Good eye!!
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:icontainted-peaches:
Tainted-Peaches Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
Wow. Looks fantastic!
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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:icondrawnartist:
DrawnArtist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. It is wonderfully crafted. I don't feel her expression fits, though. I'd say it would be an expression of apprehension rather than happiness.
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well I think traditionally Eve would be shown as apprehensive or pensive, but I wanted her to appear more innocent, naive and childish. A little less blameworthy ;-)
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:icondrawnartist:
DrawnArtist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I see. In that case, her expression does fit.
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:iconmontieze:
Montieze Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Congratulations :D
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks!!
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:iconbloodyflowerrose:
bloodyflowerrose Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i read this the other day :XD:
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:-) !!
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:iconbloodyflowerrose:
bloodyflowerrose Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ikr :D
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:iconcatcouch:
CatCouch Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive! No armature and no model? That's pretty amazing. I've sculpted a little bit and really struggled even with a model and such. Fantastic work, I particularly like the rough rock texture, it perfectly offsets the smooth skin. Great job!
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Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!!
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:icon96patches:
96Patches Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Really nice work on the texture for the rock .3
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks :-)
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:iconckdailyplanet:
CKdailyplanet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful art. Congratulation on your DD.
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :-)
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:iconan-tarxamon:
An-Tarxamon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
god one ;-)
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks :-)
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:iconpetersfay:
PeterSFay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember doing ceramic sculpture in college. My works turned out nothing as beautiful as this. Now they're sitting in my mom's yard getting patina'd while the squirrels bury their nuts around there.
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Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha... Yes my school attempts with ceramics were not much to be proud of. I only returned to the medium recently and discovered that I could do some neat stuff now that I have some more skills :-)
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DarylChin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Genesis in a nutshell

Adam: She did it!
Eve: No, he did it!
Adam: Nu uh!
Eve: Yeah huh!
God: Silence! Corner! Both of you!

Adam & Eve: :iconokayfaceplz:
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:-)
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:iconvolotation:
volotation Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
c'est bien la photo
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconvolotation:
volotation Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
c'est bien la photo
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:iconsevdiyim:
sevdiyim Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
mmmmmmmmmmmmm
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:-D
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:iconjunox-reborn:
JunoX-Reborn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
shes like "Hey!!! XD"
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:-D
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:iconxaifin:
Xaifin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is biblical right?
Why does she have a belly button? :)
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good question; I did not think of that! :-D
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:iconxaifin:
Xaifin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
:giggle: Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Every time I walk through galleries I feel like such a troll, I'm the only one giggling.
:) This is a really lovely sculpture though :D
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks!!
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:iconzee-who:
Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :-)
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:iconihni:
ihni Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I think this looks really good, and I've never heard of ceramic clay before. Seems interesting. How big is this sculpture?
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:iconjmk-prime:
JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:jawdrop:
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:iconcissell:
Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:-)
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ce-e-vel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Eve's expression is what makes the piece. I have always pictured the conversation between Eve and the snake as being much more serious, but perhaps this is more how it went. The snake is being charming and flattering and Eve is totally buying it. She thinks the snake is the funniest and cleverest "person" that she has ever met.
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Cissell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You got it!! Yes, you are the only one to articulate that so far! That's totally the story I wanted this to tell!! :-)
The snake would be much more effective if he was charming. We've all tried to persuade people by acting suspicious and pushy, and that rarely, if ever, works as a sales tactic. :-D
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