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Kyoki by pahein Kyoki by pahein
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.

Kyoki
- 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.

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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.

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chinchilla3232 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i luv luv luv it! thts more luvs than ive ever written before on one comment!
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Terra1314 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Would u like to buy yarn i have im selling it cheap and i got it and its brand new. My friend gave it to me and she said someone bought it and donated to her cause she works at the library and she jst gave it to me. I make scarfs from fingernitting but i can't use it cause it has some wool and i dont use or have anything made of or from animals. Would u like to but it ill tell u want its made of and send u a pic of it. Im sellin it really cheap and no hasel.
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pahein Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sorry, but I don't even use yarn. For any of my projects. ^^;
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kelpiest Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I want oneee *-* With the same inches and moving. Is there a problem if I'm from Mexico? o:
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks like there shouldn't be a problem, except for maybe a bit more expensive shipping, and if you're up for that, then we're all good. :meow:
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thai-binturong Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
My, i just love him! He reminds me of a slender binturong a bit)), that must be because of his tail. Is it - the tail - er, tenacious? Do they climb trees, actually?)
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pahein Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you, first and foremost. :aww:

As for the tail-- actually, no; I envisioned it more as a counterbalance when they ran. They take more of a cheetah approach to running, so... mmm.... I suppose they should technically be a tad shorter for that purpose, but I don't care. They look cool. :XD:
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thai-binturong Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They shurely do! :dance:
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Undeadgrrl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
How much would a skeleton patterned Kyoki go for?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Urrrrgh, depends on degree of realism. For anatomically-correct-so-far-as-I-can-get-it-on-the-surface, $60. For simplified, $30. And of course there's some wiggle room inbetween.
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Erck73 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Really cool!
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izlovezyouz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Would you make me one of these?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student General Artist
For 25 USD plus shipping, sure. I'm actually about to list these on Etsy, so you could wait for that.
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izlovezyouz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Okay, Ill keep that in mind. Im still debating on paying for one, as its fairly expensive
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Chainroundmyneck Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm impressed with this creature!
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Fangeh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
So beautiful! I've just begun to get into the loveliness that is needle felting, but so far I've only made small things that do not require armatures. May I ask what size metal wire you use? And also do you just spin the wool around the wire for the tail and legs, since it looks so thin and close to the wire?

Sorry to hear the color leeches out when you touch him :C
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I put armatures in everything. It just helps me think straight. Heck, even [link] has a wire armature. (And, by far, that was the most difficult thing I've needlefelted yet. So tiny!)

I think... I use 20 gauge. I'm not sure. Might be 22, or 24... Whatever isn't too hard to work with (when I use eighteen or sixteen gauge, for my really large pieces, my hands are always hurting by the time I've finished). Usually I'll wrap over things two or three times to give it strength. With what I use, it's easy to go over a couple times in places that need strength and then leave it thin in places like the tail.

Also, my wire armatures are almost always a single piece of wire. That way, the wire has anchoring instead of flopping around wherever, which is often the case otherwise. Besides which, it's a ton easier (for me, anyway) to not have to attach pieces of wire together. I never seem to get it right.

No-- actually, I needlefelt all that. Otherwise, of course, it would fall off. Another important factor in choosing wire is choosing a wire that won't break your needles. Eighteen, sixteen gauge always breaks my needles. Excessively. I really dislike working with them, but they are necessary if I want my bigger things to be posable. Whereas the 20-so or whatever I use gives way before my needles do.

And it doesn't really leech out... I don't know what happens, really. It's like the color multiplies and the new color decides to live on your fingers. ^^;
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Fangeh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Wow Thank you so much for that! I've only ever really used armature for clay but I do use this thin wire that was labeled for use with fake plants and all. I forget the gauge but its really easy to move so I guess I'm good in that aspect.

I see, I wasn't sure if maybe you used that sticky plant tape (I forget its proper name lol) to get the wool to stick. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me ^^ Can't wait to get started with using armature in my needle felting now.

That is some odd dye then o.o Well at least the color isn't fading from the wool, its such a lovely color.
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pahein Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah. Mostly the wire should be easy to use and not break apart after a little bit of wear and tear; that sounds good.

Hehe. be careful and you'll be fine.

It is. I'm glad I have no more of it, though.
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Fangeh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I started last night and so far it is working out great! I do poke the wire everynow and then but that floral tape (remembered what its called) softens the blow a bit.

:3
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pahein Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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SweetcakesCustoms Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Beautiful work. The poses look so natural; and the design is very cool.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Why thank you. :heart:
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Mad-March Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh man how cute OAO why must I be poor!! I would totally commission you for one!
;n; think you'd be willing to do a plushie trade or something?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, that's how I feel when I see cool artstuff.

And I would be totally willing! You're an awesome artist. Drop me a note with what you'd like. :meow:
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love the creature's design, and the poses look very very natural and have so much character! Really nice work :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Why, thank you. :meow:
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anonymous771 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
AGGH! So adorable! X333
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Torotix Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
More like Ky-ute, am I right? :D
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, yeah. :D
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tsunnamii Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Student Filmographer
wooow! beautifull creature!

di u stop motioned it???
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Student General Artist
No. I was thinking about doing a stop motion animation, tho'. ;)
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tsunnamii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
please do it! he deserves it!
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The-Taz-of-Shakti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
It's so adorable I'm gonna DIE! :D
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student General Artist
;)
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Nara-kun Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He's so cute!
Is he fully bendable?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Yes, he is. :meow:
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Nara-kun Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! X3
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GlassCamel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Wow! I love how elegant and dainty Nox is! I especially like the perfect taper he has to his tail. Well done! :heart::heart:
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pahein Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student General Artist
:meow:
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I would so want one of these guys or something similar! But I don't know if I have the money :(
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pahein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Aww, that's okay. I'm just as fine with an art trade or points, really; if you want a Kyoki that bad. :)

(besides you look like an awesome artist and I would love an art trade with you)
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
aaah! really!? :eager: I would so do an art trade for a Kyoki! <3 I'll note you to work it out? :D

(thanks so much!Im happy your willing to do an art trade! ;P )
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pahein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Ack, I read that wrong. Go ahead and note me, and we'll figure the trade out in there. :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student General Artist
;)
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
oh,ok well I noted you! ;P
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radtastical Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh my goodness, he is so pose-able! and so freaking cute! awesome job :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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radtastical Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
you're welcome!
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invaderjeffy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want one soooooo bad! How do I commission you?
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