Leviathan Miniature - Halloween




About: My name is Michael Kontraros, I reside in Athens, Greece where I was born in 1980. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at the age of 22 and a Master’s Degree in Art & Design/Visu...

A project I always wanted to do since I am a "creature - monster" fanatic

Now I have it in my display case alone with my other hand crafted monsters

I dear you cosplay this for halloween ;)


Atlantis. A subject that always fascinated me. However the portrayal of this legendary city through a figure would be a very difficult task. How could something so mythically extravagant be reflected in something so small? The solution came after a documentary I watched about the creatures of the deep. I realized how little we know about what lives at the bottom of the oceans - this unlocked my imagination; Combining the unknown abyss with this great mystery of Atlantis. So after several hours of thinking I came up with a complete concept.

Step 2: Tools of the Trade

In the picture you can see most of the tools and materials I used to complete the project

Other materials used: BeesPutty / Aves Epoxy / Green Stuff / wire / car filler putty / tin foil / plastic sheet

Step 3: STEPS 1/2/3 Creating the Armature

For the construction of the fish an armature had to be created, applying the same principles used for any normal figure. Due to the large size of the creature, it needed to be lightweight so it could be easily supported using only one point of contact on the base. Once the putty was completely dry all the remaining gaps were filled with aluminum foil and not putty. The particular material was used in order to keep the creature as light as possible.

Step 4: Sculpting the Creature (Leviathan)

Now came the difficult part – positioning the Leviathan on to the base. Supporting the creature on the base would not be easy, as the entire sculpt would have to be connected to “one” point in order to maintain the illusion of floating. In order to achieve this, a piece of thick wire was passed through the left fin so that it could act as the connecting point between the fish and the terrain

Step 5: Creating the Armor

The armor of the Leviathan would play a very important role, as it was the element that would transform the creature from a wild and uncontrollable monster into a trained fighting machine. The extensive study of the concept art and the consequent break down of the design into individual sections helped in the construction of the armor.

Step 6: Adjusting the Creature to the Base

The armor is finished. In this case the functional part was very difficult, as everything on and about the armor had its purpose: not to prevent the creature’s movement, shape of the armor should be hydrodynamic, ergonomic for the rider etc. When planning this we must not forget that this is an underwater scene, where gravity, pressure, resistance and dynamics are completely different from what we are accustomed to.

Step 7: Sculpting the Rider

Beyond the figures character, both the physiology as well as the armor of the figure were of paramount importance. The physiology should be such which would clearly inform the viewer that it is not a simple man, but an anthropomorphic creature of the water.

Step 8: Completed Unpainted Sculpt

The sculpture is 100% finished. Now it is time to start painting.

Step 9: Painting the Project

The basic

concept of how the Leviathan would be painted was decided very quickly. Seeing the figure, the first things that came to mind was

1/ absence of light and

2 / the threatening nature of the creature and its rider

The creature and the rider were mostly painted with cold and dark acrylic colors

No airbrush was used. Only brushes

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    9 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I love this model although I find its color palette a bit too dark. With a bit more light, and some bioluminescent lures that are typically found on a creature of this type, the amazing anatomy of both creatures would extend out my ability to imagine its purpose. Still, this is absolutely terrific sculpture and I can't thank you enough for sharing your creative process here.

    Tye Rannosaurus

    1 year ago

    Wow. Wow. Wow. All I have to say is...you are phenomenally talented. Wow wow wow.

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    1 year ago

    Dude! This is an amazing Sculpture! If you are not making a living off of your woirk, you could very easily start supporting yourself with your artwork! thre is a huge market for thiss kind of art!!! I strongly urge you to look into it and see how well your work is recived! Just...Wow!

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much for you nice words
    Actually i do make a living out of it. I have created a small company selling unpainted resin kits for modellers and collectors
    You can check it out here


    1 year ago

    wow .. just wow.


    1 year ago

    That's really awesome, just seeing it transports me to a different world!

    Amazing job man

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