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Alder by Magweno Alder by Magweno
Alder was one of those commissions where I had the wonderful opportunity to experiment. I came up with a whole new method of making dragon wings as well as sculpting and casting feet cheaply in a slightly flexible resin, so they can resist bumps and knocks better.

He has "mini long pile" fur which was brilliant to work with and I think works really nicely with the scale of the dolls. I will probably use it a lot more in future! I thought the seams might be a problem but as it turns out with some careful sewing and brushing they are nearly invisible.

As with all my dolls he is fully poseable! You can bend any part of him in any direction thanks to a wire "skeleton". The head is sculpted from fimo, the horns and spines from primo and the feet are flexible resin. I attach the fur to these parts with glue - simple as that! It's a glue that's very similar to fabri-tac, except it's the British equivalent.

Alder was tough but fun and I am actually very happy with how true I stayed to the reference - no compromises. c:

I am open for commissions but you will have to wait until approximately April next year. I can jump you to the top of the waiting list if you are willing to pay a small extra fee. If you send me a note with your design I can give you a quote and put you on the waiting list. I DO offer payment plans, where you pay in manageable chunks over a month or two. My prices range between 150-300 + 20 P&P to America.

Thanks for looking!

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:iconyashi110071:
yashi110071 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
how much for him
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:iconjaguarwarrior15:
jaguarwarrior15 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the wolf like features!
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:iconnathalienova:
NathalieNova Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
May I ask what the wings are made of? :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are sheet latex :)
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:iconnathalienova:
NathalieNova Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And where do you get those? ._.
You have some good online-store you could give a hint to?^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
eBay mate ;)
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:iconthunderchicken42:
Thunderchicken42 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agh, I just LOVE the faces!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks, Alders face is one of my personal favourites.
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Dragon-Wolf-Lover Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
My god... I can't make these, I want to know how :iconepicnuuplz:
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:iconirthoscaesin:
IrthosCaesin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
approximately how much would that be in U.S. dollars? This looks amazing!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
About $480 not including shipping
Thank you!
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:icontantalia:
Tantalia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh! It is so cool! And what kind of wire do you use?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Alder had steel gardening wire.
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:icontantalia:
Tantalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still love this critter you made for a commission. <3 and I love how large the wings are and how they are made. 8D This is how I want Akuma's wings to look when the times comes for my figure to be made. :love:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brilliant, I love making these wings and I should have the technique absolutely perfect by the time it comes ot you :D
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:w00t: Take all the time you need my friend. :meow:
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:iconbluetabbycat:
Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What an awesome beastie! How did you make the wings?
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:icontora-ookami:
Tora-Ookami Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Absolutely love it!
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MoltoFuckingBene Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Amg <3 want want want.
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This guy is so awesome! :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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blinding-eclips Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
woah this looks awsome! *A*

could I ask what kind of materials do you use to sculpt the head and feet and such?
I am planning on trying to make my own dolls liek this but I don't know what materials I should get =s
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dracona-fin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I've already totally spammed your inbox with how much I love this... Homg... just looking at these pictures gets me all excited again
I love every single bit of him (only crit would be joint less feet)

But other than that there is just so much awesome and amazing detail crammed into such a small space (even though those wings were mentioned at being what... 3 ft... DAMN!)
*flail* I'm gonna wanna take him EVERYWHERE once he gets here! And just, JUST GAHHHHHH!!! So much LOVE :heart:

Thank you again for having so much patience for doing this. I'm so pleased to hear that he was a good challenge too :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm working on the jointed feet thing, it's a shame I didn't go for it with Alder but at the time I thought the resin would be flexible enough for that, unfortunately it isn't :(

Yeah the wings are 3ft from wingtip to wingtip - pretty big!

I really hope he gets there okay and that you like him ;-; Thanks for the comment, it's nice having commissioners leave comments on their own pieces, doesn't happen as often as you'd think :)
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dracona-fin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Hey :hug: all good things come in time, for any artist. Every piece you make is a testament to how much you have learned thus far. In time you'll work out jointed feet, and that will be another skill you can proudly employ. No one is saying that your work is sub-par, just that it would be something nice to see in the near or distant future. When you work it out, and not before. As someone told me recently, good art is like Chilly, you can't rush it or it'll ruin.

3ft is crazy big... it took me a few days to get my head around that; as the feet measurement is not commonly used here (metric is the general rule bar when it comes to sewing).

I can tell you now I already love him... to the point where I think everyone knows ^^; been flashing those glorious photos of him around to show people, even people who aren't artistically inclined. I also already have a spot on my desk set aside for him. As for commissioners not leaving comments that surprises me a little, because I always do it... it may take me a few days to come up with something that doesn't look or sound like I drooled on my keyboard, but I'll always comment. Having said that though I have seen comments on trade art go MIA too... I guess it depends on the person :huggle:
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CreativeSoup Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Those wings are spectacular!
I love the detailing on the back of the fore-legs and the scales under his body are amazing too. Must have been very fiddly! XD"
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It wasn't too bad, they're glued on so that was straightforward, cutting them the right shape and size was a little tricky though.
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LisaToms Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
So beautiful job!! And those wings are so amazing! :wow: What are they made from? :>
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! They're made from rubber :)
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:iconlisatoms:
LisaToms Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! And thanks for answering :hug:
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Imaginary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you came up with new techniques. ^^ That's always the best part of experimenting. ^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
heh yeah! Also the fantastic positive side to failure
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:iconimaginary-alchemist:
Imaginary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! :D
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Emubomb Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
I really like his face. Very German Shepard shaped :) and as always excellent work
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes it is a bit, with the long snout and big nose! thanks ems!
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mevagh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Those wings look so fantastic! I really have loved watching the progress of your dolls from those very first ones.
I've been pretty reclusive of late, but I always enjoy seeing your updates :)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
And you have THE first one! It's nice to know that you're watching, I always wonder if my old commissioners still keep up with my work and it's really delightful to know that you, one of the most important, do. :)
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:iconmevagh:
mevagh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Of course I keep up with your work! :)
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:iconkhiarhu:
khiarhu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ABsolutely stunning! I would expect no less~ :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you
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:icona-matryoshka:
A-Matryoshka Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
That is fantastic! Amazing work :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anyway, I can't wait to see your next creations using this wings <3
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:iconlovelytwistofnature:
LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
ADORE the wings. I hope I will be able to afford another one of your creations some day! They are wonderful!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm really happy how they're going at the moment, very proud! :) It'd be great to make you another, maybe if you do come and visit we can make one together!
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
That would be awesome! If everything goes as planned I will be there next summer! I'll have more crafting supplies in my bags than clothes
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Naoru Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful attention to detail as always :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you
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