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SDK: Maneki Hotaru Bank by Zanne SDK: Maneki Hotaru Bank by Zanne
I can't tell you how much fun this was to make. :D Sculpey, I am your bitch.

Done as a commission for , this is a Samurai Deeper Kyo version of the classic "Maneki Neko" (lucky cat) banks and statuary you see in asian businesses and homes. ^^ Featuring everyone's favorite deadpan Shiseiten, Hotaru. XD

True to the "Maneki" style, he has his right hand raised in welcome, and adorned with cat ears and a tail, to complete the effect. Sitting on his raised hand is a caterpillar, one of Hotaru's weaknesses. *laughs* He loves poking at them. I'm torn between squeeing at the cute, and laughing my head off at the silliness. :giggle:

Perched atop Neko!Hotaru's head, is none other than a chibified version of his half-brother, Shinrei. And doesn't the little guy look pleased about it? I just HAD to add the vein pop, because it just wouldn't be Shinrei without it. *laughs*

Maneki Hotaru is about 9 inches tall, total, and made entirely with white Sculpey polymer clay. About 5 pounds of it. Gah. :faint: Painted with acrylics, and a polyacrylic glaze.

I honestly couldn't find a good category for this, so I hope this one is okay. If someone knows of a better one, please let me know! ^^; I keep trying to put it in the Artisan Crafts section, but it keeps putting it in the general Traditional Art section! Grrr....
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:iconmissarisugawa:
MissArisugawa Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute~! :love:
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank you; glad you like him! :)
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sugarblueberry Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
That´s very nice looking hotaru :D
I´m also reading sdk. Anime wasn´t good at all.. :(
Waiting for a new chapter...
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Thank you! I modeled him after what he looks like when he's poking random stuff in the manga.

I completely agree with you; I didn't like the anime at all; NOTHING like the manga. The manga is splendidly awesome. :)
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DaijinMinister Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaw, he's so cute! I love Hotaru in the manga. One of my favourite characters <3
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Thanks! :) He's one of my favorite characters too...absolutely love the manga. :love:
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:icondaijinminister:
DaijinMinister Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea, the manga is so awsome (I was just reading the newest volume : DD), but the anime totally sucks D::::
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Heehee...yeah, it's really amazing how different the manga and the anime is. When anyone expresses interest in SDK, I ALWAYS recommend the manga. The anime is just too short; waaaaay off the storyline, and everyone's so freaking OOC that I want to cry. Seriously, there isn't ANYONE who acts the way they should! O.o
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DaijinMinister Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. I never really had the interest to watch the whole anime, cause it was a total dissapointment right from the beginning. Man I'm glad that the manga's just the best. Never get dissapointed in that ~~
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kirstine5527 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
this is so f****** Amacing i would die to get one of those! O.O
It must have been hard to paint is so well
*or else it´s just me who doesn´t now anything about sculptures xD*
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Thanks, glad you like it! The only really hard part to paint was the hair. So many crevices and places hard for a brush to reach. And sad thing is, I have nobody to blame but myself for sculpting it that way in the first place. XD
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:iconkirstine5527:
kirstine5527 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
heh, no that´s right xD
but anyways i realy adore this :D
and by the way wanna be friends? ^^
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:iconprisonerofconvention:
PrisonerofConvention Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just too adorable! Goodness. :dance:
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Thank you, I'm glad you like him! :D

Speaking of adorable, your avatar makes me want to squee at the cute. XD
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:iconprisonerofconvention:
PrisonerofConvention Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! You should see the lamb that it's based from. :D
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:iconrunbanya:
runbanya Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
I seriously love Hotaru and I can't tell you how cute I think this is X3.
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Why thank you! :D I like him too; he's quite adorable in his single-mindedness. XD I think my favorite parts are the deadpan look on his face, the caterpillar on his hand, and the pissy Shinrei chibi perched on his head. ;)

Thank you very much for your comment, and putting Maneki Hotaru in your favorites as well!
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:iconloverkyo:
loverkyo Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
woooooooooow beautiful
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thanks!
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:iconloverkyo:
loverkyo Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
thank you a em a big fan of samurai deeper kyo
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:iconrenatheblackrose:
RenaTheBlackRose Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Just SO cute! *sqeal*
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:icontitnuage:
titnuage Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Soooo beatiful!!
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:iconkabojenny:
KaBoJenny Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Aww...I want one!!!
I love Hotaru! He's so funny and cute!
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Thanks, I'm glad you like him! These banks are a lot of fun to make, and Hotaru was no exception! :)
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LordxxAxelxxLover Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
OMFG!!!! *Cries* I haven't seen something this cute for Hotaru in Forever!!!!!!
It's amazingly Brilliant!!!!
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
*laughs* Thank you! I had a lot of fun making him; Hotaru makes such a cute chubby chibi, that a maneki bank was perfect. XD
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akaiichigo Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
ZOMG.

Such a cute little Hotaru!! And Shinrei!! :heart:
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
*laughs* Thank you! Beware the deadpan Hotaru neko and the Shinrei chibi of doom! XD I still love the little caterpillar. :)
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SaatananEnkeli Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
awwwwwwwwwwwww ! I want it ! lol
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
*cackle* Thanks, glad you like him!
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:iconmiruchan:
Miruchan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
waaaaaaaaaaaaah!! so damn cuteee!! Want oneeeeeeee *////*
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
*giggle* Thanks! I do take commissions for banks, if you're ever interested.
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:iconmiruchan:
Miruchan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
How much? XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD I'm so damn crazy but love hotaru XD
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
It depends on what you want, and how big you want it. ^^
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:iconlachrymosity:
lachrymosity Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Kaawwwaaiiii~ Its Hotaru from SDK!! The details are just amazing! Great job! ^_____^
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
*cackle* Yup! I just love Hotaru; he's such a deadpan cutie. XDD

Thank you so much, I enjoyed sculpting this, even though it took an ungodly amount of Sculpey. ^^;
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Minidoza Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
Woow, that is so cute! You're so good! With the detail and the painting and the strands of hair @@ you even painted an anger cross ^^! How long did this take you? @@
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
Thanks so much! Glad you like my little socially-retarded Hotaru chibi. XD Yeah, that hair represents a LOT of clay. T_T I'd say total, it took around 20 hours of work, over a week-long period.
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happychild Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Wow! Beautiful work!
You are so talented.^-^
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
*blushes* Thank you, I'm happy you think so! ^___^ Coming from someone as talented as you, it's an honor! :D

Heheheh...he was rather fun to do, and the results were pretty satisfying. :)
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FrogLuver Featured By Owner May 21, 2006  Student General Artist
I WANT THIS!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! (-A-") i want this so badly!!!!!!!!!!!! Fave...
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 25, 2006
*laughs* Awww...well I do take commissions from time to time... ^_~
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:iconfrogluver:
FrogLuver Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Student General Artist
(-A-) i seriously want it....
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
Hotaru is a pretty large bank, and went for $95. I make smaller banks too, if you're interested.
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:iconfrogluver:
FrogLuver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006  Student General Artist
i have no money... *cries* next time then... *sigh* a hotaru bank....
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Cheesegoddess Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
That' is awesome! I've been wanting to do something like this for a while. I have no idea where you can buy the crap though LOL So no claying for me. Lovely coloring job! Did you paint the eyes!?
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Why thank you, lady! I'm happy you like him! ^_^

Oh? Depending on where you live, Michael's, JoAnn, or any decent craft/art supply store will have a selection of Sculpey. ^_^

Yup, I painted the eyes! *bows*
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Cheesegoddess Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
OMG!! There's a Micheal's here!! *passes out* Now I must figure out how to do it! LOL
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:iconzanne:
Zanne Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
*cackle* It's pretty easy to work with, and never dries out! Just beware, if you have warm hands like I do, that it gets squishy pretty fast. ^^ Especially with summer coming and the hot weather, it will react to the warmer temps by sagging and squishing a little more than usual. ^^;

I usually remedy that by sticking it in the freezer for a few minutes, then going back to work on it. It'll sweat a bit, but it doesn't hurt the clay at all, since it's not water-soluble. If you want or need any sculpey tips, just let me know! :D
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AtomicBunny Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
DANG! that is really awsome!!!
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