For one of the best needlefelters out there,
, of her character Noobalee.
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