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Janie's Gryphon by Magweno Janie's Gryphon by Magweno
This fully articulated gryphon art doll was commissioned as a Christmas present for a fabulous girl called Janie. It's based on a male American kestrel and a silver torbie cat, with a few unique parts thrown in here and there. 

With green glass eyes and Tissavel fur this art doll is one of my proudest achievements, mostly for his articulated wings. Each feather has been drilled and attached with pivots to a wooden mechanism that allows the wings to spread and fold like a real birds wings. You can see a video of this in action here!

Janie's gryphon measures approximately 6" in torso length and has cast resin front legs and back feet. His head is sculpted from polymer clay and airbrushed with acrylics.

The silver feathers have a remarkable sheen to them that makes them shimmer in the right light and are from a goose. The brown feathers have a green iridescence to them and have been responsibly sourced from a juvenile shag, kindly sent to me by Shadow-and-Flame-86! (If you have feathers think I could use in a project please get in touch! As long as they are clean I will take them, and will pay for postage.)

I am open for commissions (you will be added to a waiting list), please send me an email to hello@magweno.com or DeviantArt note with a reference sheet or description of what you would like so I can give you a rough quote and waiting time.


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TalonWolfG5 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How... How?! How do you even make those kind of wings? Is there some kind of a tutorial?! D:
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EigthDegreeBites Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is crazy good! I've just watched the you tube video and how you've done the articulated wings with the pivots is amazing, I love how every feather expands out with the wing. Seriously considering having a save up and requesting a commission. Assuming this was more expensive than the normal Gryphon's you sell?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm really glad you like it! Yes it goes for quite a bit more, dolls with articulated wings like that start at 300.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
AGH this is so amazing! I am so happy to think those feathers I collected have gone towards making something so brilliant! I will keep an eye out for more for you while I'm out and about ^-^
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh awesome I'm so glad you saw what they went into in the end! Any feathers would be excellent, I'm always looking for sets of feathers :D
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Kreativjunkie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo great stuff! Especially the wings seems so real like from a original bird.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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:iconmaryshaa:
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student
Awesome!
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The yellow front legs really pop against the gray and brown colors! That's probably my favorite part. And I love falcons of any sort, so it's even better! Kudos to the commissioner for that idea, assuming it's theirs.
I absolutely adore your gryphons. Everything you make has the same wonderful charm, but they've got to be my favorites.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes it was theirs, I was preparing to make some silvery grey legs like a lot of birds have when I noticed that american kestrels have those mad almost GLOWING yellow legs! It was a refreshing change, making yellow legs. Great fun to paint - yellow is one of my favourite colours.
:) I love making gryphons the most, I love making wings. If I could, I'd make them all the time.
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :clap:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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:iconcmwyvern:
CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this is like my favorite gryphon you've done so far. <3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Awesome! Mine too~
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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the detailing is so absolutely stunning in this!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much :)
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous - the sculpting in the head especially! The wings really are something else though. O___O
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks very much! They could do with a few improvements but, hey, that's always the case.
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Tsunamijuan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
OOH wow, that is AMAZING. I am simply blown away by this.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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jgarza511 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is cool and awesome and cute
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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AutoAshley Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! And I mean it.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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:iconautoashley:
AutoAshley Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome!
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god I love this doll!
It's head and face are so perfect!
It could perfectly be a real critter!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah thanks I'm so glad you like it! :D
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome!
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Thunderchicken42 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Lovely face and excellent wings. Very nice!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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:iconmaryshaa:
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student
very cool! beautiful!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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mangakasan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yet again a beautiful doll! If i may ask, what kind of paint did you use to paint on the faux fur? I heard its possible with acrylics, but laso heard it might crumble of at some point so i am really curious what you used for all your fur painted jobs :)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's acrylics thinned with golden brand acrylic thinner, sprayed on in nearly invisible layers so it dries instantly while being heated gently with a heat gun and brushed copiously inbetween. The trick with fake fur is to STAIN it rather than paint it - easy to do on your fav t-shirt and jeans but always hard on your ruddy art doll lol! it takes ages to do and is absolutely nerve wracking - all that work and a pure white fur and then taking a dark brown to it… scary stuff. teddy bear making forums have a lot of advice on colouring fake fur. a lot of people use copics but I find they leave a bit of a sticky feeling on the fur.
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mangakasan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright thanks a lot i will surely look into it  further :) but nervewrecking and time consuming or not, it always pays off on your works it always looks very natural and clean ^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much! ^_^
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:iconwlfmoon-arizona:
wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional
absolutely amazing! This must of taken many hours to complete. your work is simply stunning!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes it did, it took a long time :) Thanks very much!
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:iconwlfmoon-arizona:
wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional
absolutely amazing! that must have taken a lot of hours to complete. your work is stunning!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It did! :) Thanks very much
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:iconwlfmoon-arizona:
wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional
you're welcome!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh My Gosh! He is exquisite! I am so totally impressed! And I recognized the wonderful American Kestrel in him. :) <3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very well made!  Amazing! :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconvampiric-conure:
Vampiric-Conure Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Holy sheeatzu, Batman! Awesome work here!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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IckyDog Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!! I mean, holy crap!!! The detail! And those WINGS!!!
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