Fan Creation Feature: Solas Bust by Caroline Lui

In our latest fan creation feature, we take a look at a masterfully crafted bust of Solas by Caroline Lui. A largely self-taught sculptor, Caroline gave us a look at what it takes to bring an infamous Inquisition elf to life in stunning detail.

What made you want to sculpt Solas?

Solas is one of the best-written characters in any work I’ve ever read, watched, or played. I’ve rarely been as captivated by a story as I was by his. From arrogant elf to trusted friend, humble apostate to reluctant enemy, aloof spirit-lover to the most painful love interest in all of Thedas: whichever way you see him, he has so many complex facets that it’s impossible not to be fascinated.

Did you have a concept for the bust?

I wanted his design to express his slight stiffness, his careful reserve, and also his unexpected passion and intensity.

How did you build the bust?

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To start the head, I molded and cast a skull I’d sculpted previously in Apoxie Sculpt, a 2-part epoxy clay. I built up the face on top of the skull using small pieces of clay to get the general shapes down quickly. This step is a sketch, and while I was being mindful of resemblance, the goal was more to simply build mass.

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After it had cured, I added a “skin” layer of Apoxie, and began carving and sanding everything into place, using an X-Acto knife, calipers for measuring, and flexible, cloth-backed sandpaper.

Once I was reasonably happy with the face, I built up the neck, back of the head, and ears. I leave this for last for ease of handling—half a head is easier than a full one.

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The head complete, the bust itself began as a layer of clay over an appropriately-shaped aluminum foil armature, giving me a basic shape to work with.

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After further shaping and adding details to the bust, and ensuring the two parts fit together, the final touch was sculpting his jawbone necklace.

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How long did it take you to finish the bust?

All in, it took about two months to complete, give or take a week. I’d like to sculpt the entire Inner Circle and Advisors, as well as some characters from the first two games.

Sculpting such a big cast of characters may seem pretty ambitious, but Caroline’s already done Dorian and Cullen busts in addition to Solas. There are tons of photos of all three busts on her website.

If you’ve spotted a community creation that you think we should highlight here, tweet us!

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Coloring Age 2

Back in February, we gave you some line art from Dragon Age: Inquisition to color. Many of you picked up your colored pencils and scribbled away, so we’re sharing some more pages. Tweet at us with your masterpieces and we’ll retweet our favorites. Now go forth and bring color to Thedas!

Missed the original pages? You can find them here.

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Print Your Dragon Age Keep Tapestry

If you’ve ever looked at the Dragon Age Keep’s artwork and thought, “dang, that would look nice on my wall,” you’re in luck! We’ve teamed up with CanvasPop to bring you high quality, customizable prints of your favorite tiles and tapestries from the Keep.

To kick off this new feature, we’re giving away a free 8×52 canvas print. Just RT this tweet for a chance to win. If you’re a Keep user, you’ll have the option to print your own tapestry. Not a user? That’s cool too. You can still enter to win this magnificent set of tiles:

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One winner will be chosen by February 29th, 2016.

How it works:

Print a tapestry based on your preferred world state in the Keep or customize the appearance of the CanvasPop print however you like.

Print Your Own Tapestry

If you’d like a print based on your personal Dragon Age world state, visit the Keep, load or create your desired world state, and click the “print” button in the upper-right corner. Once you’ve chosen your tapestry, you can customize it further by swapping images in and out.

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Customize the Print

If you would prefer a custom layout of Keep artwork, visit the Dragon Age section of CanvasPop to start fresh—or just scroll up and choose another layout if you’ve already selected a tapestry print.

Once you’ve made your purchase, your customized Keep art will be on its way to you in no time. For detailed instructions on how to print a tapestry, see our tutorial.

Visit the Keep to print your tapestry or create a custom collage today!

Coloring Age

Dragon Age: Inquisition is all about choice, as are coloring books, which is why we’re sharing three pieces of uncolored concept art for you to get scribbly on. You don’t even have to color between the lines if you don’t want to, you rebel.

Just download the pages and get coloring! Once you’ve finished a page, tweet at us with the results, and we’ll share our favorites.

Concept art courtesy of Matt Rhodes.

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