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Job thread #1, Ymiden 716.

1st of Ymiden 716

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Square heads and bushy tails.

1st of Ymiden, Arc 716

The tournament in Warrick was coming up, and like most other nobles Tristan would be there. He wouldn’t participate in the tournament though even though this parents would be overjoyed if he did because he had always been a little too soft and weird for their taste, and they considered fighting and similarly unpleasant activities to be important parts of life as a noble. No, he had just come to the decision that it would be a prime opportunity to show off his works of art and find buyers or maybe a gallery owner that wanted to exhibit them.

Of course he would have to produce a few works of art in order to show them off, unless that painting over which Daliane’s pig had walked counted as a work of art (which it did, in his opinion). That was why he had decided to lock himself into his appartment, as if he were some sort of antisocial hermit and spread his supplies all over the large table at which he normally ate.

He already knew exactly what he wanted to make. He was pretty sure that every other sculptor would sculpt people – normal people that wore normal clothes and did normal things – and thus he would do something totally different to ensure that he received a sufficient amount of attention. The people that visited the tournament would probably be overjoyed to see his creations after having been confronted with nothing but noble knights and pretty ladies.

He had learned from experience that working with clay could be a somewhat messy affair. Since he wasn’t particularly keen on scraping bits of clay off his table after he was done (or buying a new table because he was too lazy to clean it), he placed a mat in front of him before he took the lump of clay he had bought at that shop that sold artist’s supplies. He grabbed a random sculpting tool, but after he had given the matter some thought he put it away again and started pushing the clay around with his fingers instead.

He could envision the end result better if he could feel what he was doing.

Some sculptors drew a sketch that they could use as a reference first, but Tristan preferred to work without one and just make whatever he felt like making. And at the moment he felt like making a sculpture of a woman, a woman with a square head to be exact because in his opinion art didn’t always have to replicate reality. As he walked around the table so that he could reach every part of his work of art in progress it occured to him that he should probably buy one of those fancy turntables that they used in the workshop at the university.

But he’d have to buy a bigger appartment first. His little one room appartment in the center of Andaris was already rather cramped as it was. If he put another table and another chair into it, he’d probably have to remove his bed and sleep on the kitchen table instead. So he continued to walk around his table and pushed the clay around and removed pieces here and there until the lump began to look a little more like a human being.

At this point he stopped to take a swig from the bottle of wine that stood on the table next to his tools because he was getting rather thirsty (and he had a hard time being creative when he was thirsty) before he grabbed the tool he had previously discarded and began to carve out smaller details such as the woman’s hands, her dress, her hair and the angles of her face. Next he added some texture to his sculpture, one section at a time, using a variety of tools with different tips until he was content.

While he waited for the sculpture to dry he moved on to the next lump of clay because he needed more than one sculpture for the tournament. He expected to get lots of customers, and wouldn’t they be disappointed if he only had a single (albeit magnificent) sculpture to sell?
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Square heads and bushy tails.

Tristan had always liked the sea, and if he hadn’t been born a noble lord, he would probably have become a pirate, caused lots of trouble for the kingdom of Rynmere and have had a different girl in every port. So he decided to make a sculpture that had something to do with the sea next – a sculpture of a mer to be exact, only that it had a soft and fluffy tail (like a fox or a cat) instead of a slippery fish tail that was covered with scales.

By the time he had finished the basic shape of his mer, his hands were so dirty that he had to go and wash them before he began to sculpt the finer details. That particular sculpture took him quite a bit longer than the previous one because he didn’t exactly have a lot of experience with mer, especially not with mer that had fluffy tails, and unfortunately it just fell over every time he let go of it.

The tail wasn’t broad enough to support the rest of the mer’s body, so he took the clay he had removed from his lump in the beginning and shaped it into something vaguely resembling a throne with his hands, tore the mer’s tail off and attached it in a slightly different manner and put the sculpture onto the vaguely throne shaped block of clay. This time it fortunately didn’t fall over, but he still wasn’t content. It still seemed to be lacking something.

Of course! His mer needed a trident! He took another piece of clay and rolled it into a long and thin shape. Two more piece of clay became the prongs. He stepped back and took a look at his creation again, arms on his hips, and then opened a drawer of his kitchen cupboard and removed a toothpick that he carefully pressed into the mer’s tail to add some more texture to it because the tips of his usual tools were a little too broad for his taste.
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Square heads and bushy tails.

This was better, he decided and moved on to his final sculpture, his masterpiece that would awe men and women and nobles and commoners alike (and probably also anger a few which was something he was also looking forward to). He took an especially large lump of clay and carefully started shaping it into the form of a man, first with his fingers, and then, when he moved onto the finer details, with a variety of different tools.

It was just a man. He didn’t have any strangely shaped body parts, and neither did he have any additional and most likely superfluous body parts or hair where he wasn’t supposed to have hair. He just had a very thick beard. He also wore an impressive helmet and a cloak – but nothing else – and he had an uncanny resemblance to a certain tax collector or at least he would have once Tristan had painted him which he did as soon as his sculptures had all finished drying.

Since his first two sculptures were not particularly realistic (or rather, not realistic at all) Tristan decided to paint them in unnatural colors as well. The woman with the square head received shiny, deep blue skin and hair in a slightly darker shade of blue while Tristan painted the mer in a brilliant shade of turquoise (apart from the trident, he painted that in a brilliant shade of gold). The tax collector though got normal pink skin and nice dark hair (and an equally dark beard, the beard was the most important part of course).

While the paint dried, Tristan cleaned up his room that had started looking rather chaotic, threw the leftover pieces of clay away, washed his tools and his brushes and drained his bottle because he didn’t want to waste his precious alcohol. He was rather pleased with himself. The sculptures had all turned out perfectly in his opinion, and he was convinced he would make a lot of money with them. Who knew, maybe he would even make enough to finally be able to buy an apartment that was big enough for a proper workshop!

It was just as he admired his creations that he realized he had forgotten something. He had not painted the tax collector’s magnificent helmet yet! Sighing, he took a brush and some silver paint and quickly moved across it, and then he added some gloss because it wasn’t shiny enough yet in his opinion. And since he felt like it, he also put some gloss on the other two sculptures so that they would shimmer in the light and hopefully attract even more attention than they would have otherwise.

Once he was finally finished for good, he put all three sculptures into a large wooden box so that his cat that was just now rubbing against his legs and meowing because it was apparently hungry (or craved attention) wouldn’t accidentially push them off the table and break them. There he would leave them until the tournament. Maybe, he thought as he put some cat food into a bowl, he would even make a fourth sculpture – of a cat. Most people liked cats, didn’t they?

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Square heads and bushy tails.

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Parents: Disapprove of his Art
Sculpting: People are most common
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Sculpting: Different stands Out
Sculpting: Tools are used for Fine Details
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Overall, an enjoyable thread to read and mark. It was fairly straightforward story and light.

There wasn’t much in terms of discovery in this thread, so knowledges were few and far between.

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