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This is Kiwi, a gryphon commissioned by ~ExiledFullCircle!

She's a mixed media art doll, made with fake fur over a wire armature, with sculpted clay head and feet. She was finished back in November but the commission was only completed in late December, hence the small delay in uploading.

Kiwi features large, real feather wings. The feathers are a mix of duck and goose, my own embden Golly donated a lot of feathers to this project ;) They have been dyed, cut and attached to a backing that allows them to bend at the 'wrist'. As demonstrated here, they can achieve a number of poses. The primaries fold under the secondaries quite neatly. This is a more cost effective solution for those looking for a winged doll who can't afford the fully articulated wings, but do want a bit more movement than just a solid wing. 

She also has a couple of new features for my work, a posable jaw and hinged front feet.

On one of my earlier gryphons, Damael, he had flexible front legs that allowed a huge range of articulation and felt realistic. But if cost is a factor, hinged front feet may be another option for you. They allow a moderate range of movement, when the front leg is raised the toes will pose relatively more realistically, adding another degree of fun (if you don't mind seeing the hinge). 

To request a quote for your character or creature to be made into a professional art doll please send me a note or email to hello@magweno.com with a reference sheet! My art doll commissions list is always open (although the waiting list is quite long). Prices start at 180 (Click here to convert this to your currency) winged creations start at 250

Thanks for looking!

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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!! especially the feathers!
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:iconjjjewelll:
JJJeweLLL Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Cool!!
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:iconabwettar:
Abwettar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh this one's gorgeous hehe c: I adore the colours :)
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:iconbazzarro:
Bazzarro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is a beautiful doll. The colours on it are gorgeous! I love how well sculpted the face is and the fact that the jaw moves. I can't get over how beautiful this is :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah thank you very much! ^_^
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
So adorable, the wing colors are so eye catching!  ^_^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks!
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:iconmidnight1802:
midnight1802 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
amazing
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:iconcmwyvern:
CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Very cool!!
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite part has got to be her face. :D And I love that she has a poseable jaw! I've seen those on other art dolls, and it's awesome that you've started doing them too. It really adds a layer of realism to the doll, I think.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Makes the expressions a lot more versatile! 
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:iconthe-goblinqueen:
The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
the open & close beak is awesome! You're dolls just keep getting better & better ^_^ 
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you, glad you like it!
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, she's positively colourful, isn't she?  Looks very tropical.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
She certainly does!
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:iconmalisho:
Malisho Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say, this is wonderful! How on earth did you get the lower beak to move? I'd greatly benefit from a tutorial.. -wink wink nudge nudge-
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
LimitlessEndeavours has a tutorial on how to make a moving beak limitlessendeavours.deviantart… :)
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:iconmalisho:
Malisho Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! 
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just can't believe how much your work has exploded since I got Iki from you <3 Just mind blowing. Especially this piece. Not just the articulated joints, but the details in the face and wings. So precious!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ Ah thanks so much, I'm thrilled you think so
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:iconrhissanna:
Rhissanna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely articulated wings, it really adds a lot to the pose.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconmdragonflame:
Mdragonflame Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful :3
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:iconsci00:
Sci00 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
omg so cuutee!!!
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:icongebrek:
gebrek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the colours are magnificent ! Well done as always! :clap:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The dyes came out really well! :D
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:icongebrek:
gebrek Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
they did, it's beautiful! :)
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, I just made a hawk head with a hinged jaw this week too! (I'm not looking forward to making the wings though. >.<)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey does it work well? I'd love to see how you did it! I tried a few methods and plumped for this one, with a little bit of wire embedded in the lower beak half, but I wonder if a hinge system might work better.
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, pretty well! I just used a bit of kebab skewer for the hinge part, then resculpted over the ends. (This gif was made before that obviously, heh)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah! It looks great! I tried that out but obviously didn't get the clay tight enough, my jaws ended up just hanging open :/ more work required! 
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did it a little backwards this time, normally I make the lower jaw first and sculpt the upper on top so it fits snugly but I ended up doing it the other way around this time which took longer but possibly worked better!
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LadyDeven Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it strange to say that my fave thing about this is that the mouth open and closes <3 I also totally adore the color pallete.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah it adds a lot to the dynamics of the character! I'm glad EFC went for it, it was a fun challenge.
I can't take credit for the design though! I just made an art doll of her, I didn't design her ^_^ I think it's a brilliant palette too, though.
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DragonForge311088 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, those wings are amazing! :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconkamalionify:
Kamalionify Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
He's so funny !!
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
It's beautiful.

What about non-posable dolls?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never put birds wings on them, other than little ones on the gryphons
Before Christmas i was working on some big, chubby gryphon non-posables that would have large wings that were a bit more anatomically realistic. They're due to be completed by the end of March-ish.
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Fabulous gryphon, it looks so realistic. I especially love the head as well. :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconseregpie:
SeregPie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
dat creature. so cute ^^
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:iconnymla:
Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really like the colours on this one! :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ Thank you, the dyes came out really well. 
(I can't take credit for the design though, ~ExiledFullCircle designed her, I just made her!)
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:iconnymla:
Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you mean you dye the feathers or the fur? :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I dyed the features and some of the yellow in the fur as well. :)
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:iconsilvolf:
Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I always adore how you do wings. How real they look and how you put the joints in them so they can be posed.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wings are my favourite thing to do :) I love working with feathers.
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