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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 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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TalonWolf-Jedi-OnDA 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:
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?
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.
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 ^-^
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
Kreativjunkie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo great stuff! Especially the wings seems so real like from a original bird.
Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student
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.
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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