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Noobalee by pahein Noobalee by pahein
For one of the best needlefelters out there, :iconfamiliaroddlings:, of her character Noobalee. :heart:

Consider this a joint art trade and early christmas present, for without the power of the Christmas Spirit, this lil' creature would have sat lifeless on my foam board for a while yet to come.

For those of you interested in looking at how close I got, go see ~FamiliarOddlings's reference for this kid ( [link] ). Actually, just go flip through her gallery. She's awesome. Multiple DDs and deserving all of them (and probably more). I'm glad I wrenched up the courage to ask her for a trade, 'cuz otherwise I wouldn't have got the promise of a certain favorite cephalopod or the motivation to make this guy. And I think I did decently, though he is not as awesome as I wanted to make him. But hey! Story of my life. Hopefully, my 'decent' is getting better though. This was great practice.

This time, I tried individually posable feathers. Ehhh, I dunno how I did. They're all a bunch thicker than the machine-felted ones I simply cut out, but that's also because there aren't any machine-felted sheets in this lovely warm-gray I used, so it was an exercise in patience for me. As far as wing anatomy goes, I have given up on replicating it well in needlefelt at this scale. The felt is far too thick, and besides, not much can mimic the patagium skin, so my wire armatures will always be off so long as I don't have that. So I am now simply settling on "foldable".

Yes, that is a quarter he's holding in the bottom right and top middle right pictures. He's actually quite big, because I proportioned him to the smallest size hands I could pull off. Man, wiring five fingers at that scale is dif-fi-cult! The size was actually a bit of a setback when it came to taking pictures. My normal photo backdrop wasn't big enough.

SO! Question time! What do you guys think about the accuracy of it? Do you like the wings and how they fold up? Would you buy something like this of one of your own characters? If so, how much would you pay?

Derp. Me asking questions like that when I have no time to devote to commissions. But I'd still like to know. ^^;

Anywho. I hope you enjoy, ~FamiliarOddlings!
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:iconkiyomi-chan:
Kiyomi-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
wow that's really well done :D I love the colors and the shape :D
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
It was a beautiful design to work off off. The challenge was breathing life into it, so to speak. ouo Thank you.
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   General Artist
Oh wow, that's awesome! I love that the wings'll fold up and spread out how they do. :D Looks pretty dang good to me really. If I had the money I'd be willing to pay a decent amount to commission something with wings like that. :3 Looks like he's a decent size too, at least compared to that quarter.
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SKitFox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Wow! You got him amazingly close to the reference he's spot on!
And yes, and yes! :D Those wings are great. I have a little felted friend, and all I want to do is play with him. One of yours would mean I could :3 slightly inaccurate, I still play with him :3 but his wings aren't foldable... at least I'm to afraid of breaking him to try . Though I can't help you price wise, I'm not much of a haggler, so I tend to just agree with whatever price I'm told :P
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pahein Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Haah, well, thanks for putting the time into this lovely comment. :XD: I must say needlefelts can be pretty durable, but then again I've never given one up to a small child to see how long it lasts.
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SKitFox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
You're welcome :3
I'm sure he wouldn't fall apart if I fiddled with him, but who'd take the chance :P... lol, I'd guess about two seconds with a child.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh my gosh!!! :faint: I ... don't ... I can't even ... it is impossible to express the cartwheels this inspires inside me! :love: You did a terrific job! He is so gorgeous. Those wings, with the spots! The hands are so precious and the overall shape of his body is pitch perfect, it's unbelievable. I'm stunned. I haven't tried to needle felt this guy because it's an insane task -- and you did it and so beautifully. You are officially a maniac. :| Seriously. The feathers are fantastic, I love how detailed everything is. The wingspan is breath-taking but I also like the way the wings look folded against him. The shot of him from behind and above (the bottom left) makes the feathers looks so puffy and awesome. The spots and markings are so, so, so lovely. The colors are prefect. :heart: :glomp: :heart:

So if that's a quarter he's holding.... How long is he? :? I understand the difficulties of felting tiny hands, it's ridiculous isn't it? But you did it fabulously. :D And yes finding a proper backdrop for photographing the larger ones is a pain. I like what you did with it though; the color brings out his details, I think. ^_^

Geez, now I really need to get cracking on that certain cephalopod... :XD: I will make more headway now that the (evil) white cat is done.
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pahein Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm glad you enjoy it. :aww: I find needlefelting insane things for other people is a lot easier than doing them for myself, which I suppose is something good to know if I ever want to challenge myself. :meow: Plus also positive responses like this are always wonderful to read~ :heart:

Uh, from nose to base of tail he's 5.25", and the tail adds another 9". Total wingspan is just over a foot. I was actually going to try individual toes, but then I got to that part of the armature and decided it probably wouldn't work. >w> My wire's not that malleable. It's a good thing my room is blue, then, otherwise it wouldn't look as pretty. I am rather fond of that bird pattern backdrop, though-- we got a packet of quilting fabric that had four of five of that pattern in different colors, in relatively manageable swatch sizes. they're big enough for most of what I do. And then after that I start pulling out blankets.

Haha, that's rather hilarious. Because, because it's the cat that's evil, and not the vampire squid. X3
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rexuzumaki1111 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
zawws cute
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DemonicFruitLoop Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
So would I. He's so cool!
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