I love this guy to pieces. His name is Nox, and his species is the title of the deviation (or if you're too lazy to look, Kyoki).
I would be more than happy to make another Kyoki as a commission (so long as I'm using regular wool roving).
Anyways, he's a mite bigger than my other pieces. And it was so horribly trying on me to finish him... if you want to listen to why, read the next paragraph.
So I went to my local needlefelting store and bought more roving because I think I can really get into the create-a-critter deal, right? And I stumble upon the most gorgeous collection of plant-dyed natural colored roving I've ever seen. Very hippy. Only five bucks-- I pick up two packages. I waited to use the wool, figuring I'd use it on something that would really make it shine. When I started to make a wire armature for Nox, I just knew this color would be perfect for him. A subtle, unsaturated purple: what better color to reflect the moody Night? So I sat down and started felting. Now felting, it's a pretty hands-on process. After I'd gotten the neck and the first front leg on, I began to realize my fingers were getting a little grubby. I lifted my hands to inspect, and the wool had dyed my fingertips black-purple.
That's it. I stuck it out and finished him, but I still get a little bit dyed when I handle him...
Since it's unlikely I'll upload anything else unless I get a commission, I may as well put the species info here.
- Live in small family groups
- Intelligent, about on par with a five or six year old human
- Cannot vocalize, but instead rely on a complex system of body language signals somewhat akin to a simple sign language
- Mostly nocturnal predators, but populations in tropical regions are more likely to be found hunting during the afternoon (believed to be a result of atypical prey habits in the same regions)
- Always have the faceplate-- a strong keratin growth, much like a fingernail expect that it is permanent. Kyoki with broken or missing faceplates are openly ostracized, and even a kyoki missing its faceplate prefers to be a loner than be with another faceplate-missing kyoki. There are a few exceptions to this; especially around breeding season.
- Generally, their medium-length (and often monochromatic) fur coat is thick and darkly colored. Color is hereditary, and often family packs will be of closely related colors because of this. In different environments, lighter colors can be achieved. In some captive individuals, splotchy paint-like patterns have emerged. Keepers have found friendly individuals are more prone to these appaloosa-like patterns.
- White or cream individuals, interestingly enough, are the only kyoki that are able to have darkly-colored faceplates. A kyoki with a light coat is 20% likely to have a dark mask.
Uhhm, anything else?
Oh! Kyoki and Nox are both <c> me, adopt524. Just making sure.
This creation was made with a type of crafting called needle felting. Basically what happens is I take a bunch of loose (i.e. roving) wool and jab it with a needle (many, many times). The wool bonds to itself, slowly getting firmer and firmer. Eventually, it's firm enough to stand by itself in a sculpture-like way. By adding more roving wool, I can sculpt a creature or a person or whatever out of the wool.
Needlefelting is a relatively new craft, having only been invented 30 years or so ago. It's similar to the process of wet felting, but instead of using water, needles are used.
My needlefelt creations almost always include a wire base, so they are extremely posable, and I find the freedom of sculpting and the resulting plushness to be everything I could have asked for in a medium.
I happily take commissions, and my prices range from 10 to 100 USD, depending on the size and complexity.