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Goat+Pangolin+Harpy Eagle by Magweno Goat+Pangolin+Harpy Eagle by Magweno
This is a commission for a harpy eagle, pangolin and dutch landrace goat combination! What a cool cross! I wasn't sure about how to do the scales until I was browsing and saw :icondemiveemon:'s incredible pangolin toy: demiveemon.deviantart.com/art/… It gave me the confidence to tackle all those scales AND sew them out of suede! If she had the gumption to make that entire pangolin from suede then I could hardly turn my nose up at sewing 40-odd scales on. ^_^ So thank you demiveemon

Another cool thing about this doll is that back when I made one of the first dolls :iconmammalfeathers: was a huge help describing methods to me, and even has a slideshow of WIP pictures of a gryphon she made as an Alice in Wonderland tribute. I swear I studied that video, watching it again and again, desperate to learn all the techniques! Anyway one of the fabrics she used for it was this beautiful curly sheep wool fur and I have been DESPERATE to get my hands on some ever since I saw it. Can you imagine how excited I was when I saw my usual fur supplier had new stock in and one was THE beautiful curly fabric?! So don't be surprised if a whole plethora of dolls appeal with this curly fur, I absolutely love it.

More airbrushing... I wasn't sure about colours until I painted the copper edges to the scales (one of the last things I did) and suddenly everything came together. :boing:

I do take commissions! Send me an email hello@magweno.com for more info
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SayaCEAN Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
can I buy this artwork ? what the price ?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've sent you a note :)
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SayaCEAN Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
oke i will check

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MagnoliaFern Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He reminds me of the Griffon from Jim Henson's The Storyteller. Scritch, scratch!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks! My uncle had a lot to do with producing The Storyteller, but it was before I was born.
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MagnoliaFern Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nooooooo! I'm very jealous, I'm the first visual artist in our family, it must be fun to have those kind of roots
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Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well it was a nice surprise one Christmas when I was babbling to him about how brilliant Ron Mueck's latest gallery tour was, when he said "Oh I knew him when I was doing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He's a really nice guy, he made me a pig." Pretty mind blowing.
He's the biggest creative you could ever come across, but what an eccentric character :D We don't meet up much seeing as he lives at the other end of the country, but it's nice to know he's in the fam. hasn't been employed for a good 7 years tho what with the recession :/
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MagnoliaFern Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, but you live in Britian, the other side of the country is only so far away.
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the unique combination of animals! He looks terrific! :XD:
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How can this only be going into my favourites now?! I was so sure I'd faved it when I first saw him! :o
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Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha! He's my favourite (or one of them) ^_^
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anything with a bit of pangolin = win. :heart:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, you made it! :D
It's an utterly weird animal-cross, but you did a great work and the scales came out nicely too. Was it hard to attach them? Wile working on Willy I noticed there was a major difference when sewing the scales on, depending on if the underlying fabric was curved ( due to the bodypart being sewed, stuffed and enclosed, compared to areas where I still had access to both sides of the textile and simply could press the needle straight through, instead of working at an angle). Dx *soar fingers*
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It wasn't too hard, I was sewing into stretchy velvet so I didn't have many problems. :D I didn't stab myself either which I was really surprised by haha!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice to hear. I managed to get some nasty stabs. XD
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AzureInfinity Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I was wondering, have you ever done a fur-covered piece? I mean like...the face covered, like a deluxe dog or such?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
No the sculpts are quite small so cutting pieces of fur to fit and look convincing would be really hard. I did look into flocking but I would need and electrostatic flocker and they're really expensive, plus there aren't many cool flocking stockists in Britain.
But it's definitely something I'm interested in!
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
You make feathers and scales look so darned easy! Wonderful golden details on this guy, love the eyes too! =D
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ Thank you! The details are the best fun. Painting the eyes was fun too, I'm getting faster at it!
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Kazulgfox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Artisan Crafter
love that face!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think he looks really rasta for some reason hahaha
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:iconrhiella:
rhiella Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
LOVE this guy! Wish he was for sale!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ There will be more like him (but not identical)
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SandFire Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
That is a really cool-looking creature. It's a very interesting combination of animals!

The scales are lovely, and I can't believe they're all hand sewn on. They just look so natural the way they're attached. Beautiful detail on them too, I love that faint little bit of grey by the gold at the edges. That curly fur looks amazing too!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh I wouldn't have dreamed of sewing them on until I saw *demiveemon do it and then it occurred to me how much more naturally they would move. The grey was because initially they were going to have a silver edge but silver wouldn't have worked, I'm so happy I switched to copper, it really brings it all together.
Thank you!
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:iconcatigma:
Catigma Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is just amazing! I don't understand how you make all these details! It's just.. wow! :clap:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw thank you! It's the details that make it so fun.
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Catigma Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
True that :aww:
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scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! The airbrushing really makes the paint pop. I love the feathers and the curly fur stuff, great work :heart:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: Thanks! I loooove my airbrush to bits haha
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Silversong-Rain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks great :D
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That wooly fur is amazing, and man, the detail you put into this doll is even more amazing! ;w;

/stares

With a skinny guy like this, it's easy to tell how much skill you've accumulated from making these dolls.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I spent a full day just fiddling with details and airbrushing heh, I really surprised myself with that!

:hug: I like making skinny dolls because the anatomy doesn't get hidden behind all the floof haha
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the end result was finally worth it!

Floofiness is cool too, though. *-* I love it.
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justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Homg! No wings!

Kiddin', of course I love him! Are those scales made out of clay too?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:C I know
Nope they're suede
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justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Let us cry over this.

I love them.
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
OOOO This is very awesome :D Not as awesome as Xylare of course :P But the scales are super awesome and woah that furr! hehe
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:lmao: I was really happy with the scales yup. and dat furrrrr too true ;)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow.. he's VERY grand! And quite unique!! :D - lookin' great there chicka! :D I love that pangolin too! :)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
^__^ Thank yooou
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