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Ri na Seilidi with Shell saddle by BenPhillips Ri na Seilidi with Shell saddle by BenPhillips
Rí na Seilidí (king of snails) is the mount owned, used and trained by Myasma Nettlebrook - a notorious sap trader and nomad of the New Forest. 

The saddle is Primarily made from Picea abies (european spruce) cone scales and stripped sycamore seeds, stitched together using bullrush and sycamore leaf veins, nettle twine and yew tree sap. The seat is a carved acorn cupule.

The snail is made entirely from translucent polymer clays.

This is only part of a diorama that is now completed… Ri na Seilidi and Myasma Nettlebrook

Thank you everybody for favouriting, commenting kind words of encouragement and praise. Very very appreciated. 
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Given 2014-09-18
Ri na Seilidi with Shell saddle by Bedeekin

Some incredibly realistic detailing work combined with a delightfully imaginative touch in the creation of the saddle design. ( Featured by The-Build )
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samsculpt Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply incredible! I'd love to know how you did the texture of the snail's... Uh, skin? Membrane? It really looks great.
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Lilythatcher Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Amazing!
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well hello you… why fanx!! :D
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C21 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
That is a wonderful carving/sculpt, my friend.  :)
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you C21. 
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HubcapCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautifully executed! incredibly lifelike :)
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just nipped to your page intrigued by your name.. wow. An artisan telling me that means a lot. Thankyou sir. 
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HubcapCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Back at you! Keep creating 😀
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
An exquisite, elegant piece of work.
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. thanks. I'm so looking forward to what you and others will say when they see the whole thing. 
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
:D Your craftsmanship, and delightful creature design, earned all these compliments, Ben. You just keep on pushing those envelopes.
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captivitymustend Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
sweet
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MorriganBlue Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Holy, this must be the deviation of all days. It looks fantastically alive and that's one hell of a charismatic snail haha
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaw… thanks. and the snail would say thanks also methinks.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
AMAZING texture and realism. This is INSANE!!!!
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.. just looked at your profile. I'll probably be flicking to your bark and mushroom pics for reference whilst sculpting the base for this.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!!
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you... Insanity is the father of invention. 
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Clayman7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work wow
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ShigeraLee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What brilliant work! That snail looks fantastic :D
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Amazing work!
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cheers
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The texture of that snail looks so real! Really well done!
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really happy with it… but like always I still want to do better. Us artists are never happy. Thanks.
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, it's the path to improvement :)
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :)
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fanks!!! :)
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QueenDanny Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I Like Snails ^-^
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Me too… especially in garlic butter on toast with shaved white truffle. ;)

I seriously doubt I'd be able to eat them now that I've been studying them so closely. 
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QueenDanny Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Yeah Snails are eatable arn't they. like alot of other Bugs out there
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Aticum Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was real at first fight! Outstanding work! Well deserved DD. :D
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zackarycamp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
"Its a racing snail!"
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
"But that's impossible!!!"
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zackarycamp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
That you knew the reference just made you that much more amazing.
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Lilia-DeRosso Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can't believe this snail is not real
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CraftyPixel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- This is really realistic, and nice! -
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VanpoidFJ Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
amazing
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NezuPanda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw<3 I needed some time to realise this snail was not rail o.o
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Tanice001 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
La la la la Heart 
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful *-* :heart:
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somethingzenzen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   General Artist
Wow! That is seriously impressive. Amazing detail! The DD is well deserved. Congratulations! ^_^
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Aww... ^w^
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nadyabogo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing! The first thing I thought when I saw it was - is there a wizard on the shell?! And if you didn't say it's clay, I'd totally believe you it's real! :D (Big Grin) 
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rainwolfeh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy flip this is absolutely amazing. *w*
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LegacyHeroComics Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Beautifully crafted.
It looks absolutely life-like!
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It'll be sure to be neat when the whole thing's done. ^_^ That snail is awesome, by the way. I was like, 'what's the deal with that snail? Is it alive? Dead?' and then saw where it's mentioned that it's made of clay. O_o ...Is the shell clay, too?
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BenPhillips Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it is clay. I thought of using a giant land snail shell but it's the wrong type of shell for what I wanted. The shell and snail is a re-imagining of a Roman Snail; the edible snail crossed with the common snail. Thanks for the 'awesome'!
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LucyNickBakura Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
my god! stunning!
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