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Vindur is a young gryphon intent on discovering the mysteries of the moon. Asleep during the day, he spends his nights up in the clouds, dipping and diving through that strange glow. One day he might fly up to that astral orb, probably why he's grown such a thick mane - protection from cosmic cold.

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Fffff this guy is FLUFFY. I've used this type of fur before on Odette (hers was a different colour though) but that was only for a mane. Vindur has it for his entire front half and it's thick, soft and long. Cool to think I got it so cheaply from Primark but it's such lovely quality!

Vindur's name is Icelandic and is mostly used for silver horses. One of my favourite horses is called Vindur, she was silver and when she came to the Uk she was terrified of bridges and water - a problem considering she was supposed to be an all-weather-all-terrain trekking horse for the estate's owner. I took her out and showed her water and bridges aren't really that scary and she became one of the best horses on the estate. I went everywhere on that little silver mare.

Anyway this Vindur is loosely based on a Harpy eagle cos I love those goofy looking birds. He probably eats sloths too.

I got a little adventurous with my photography this time, any thoughts? Bit more interesting than plain white/black.

Vindur has been sculpted in polymer clay over a sturdy wire armature covered with wadding which means he is fully pose-able. His fur is sewn on by hand and he has been carefully painted with acrylic paints. He also has posable wing made from real coque and pigeon feathers.

His eyes are awesome, I painted them dark brown then went over them with a bit of gold ink and then varnished them. In the right light they glitter like jewels. Here's a slightly better pic of them...

He is for sale for 50 + P&P on my Etsy! You can also see more pictures there.
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconcryforeverplz: I really love everything about this one so I have to ask, will you ever make another? :?
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Magweno Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I might make a similar one but it won't be exactly the same. ;)
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What was your first posable ever? what number was this one? :?
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Magweno Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Vindur was doll #12. (I looked through all my pictures to find out and it actually really surprised me. I've made a lot of dolls and not progressed much!)
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:wow: How many have you made then? :? Can I see your very first? :eager:
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Magweno Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're all here: [link] I'm not sure how many I've made in total. Here's the very first: [link] He sits next to my computer screen :)
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow you've come such a long way from the first :jawdrop: Your sculpting has greatly improved! :wow: I think I counted around 31 posable creatures in your gallery? You’ve done so many and each is better than the last! What inspired you to begin in the first place? :? The posabilaty and the style of creatures you do? I would love to know! :lol:
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Magweno Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wellll like I told you ages ago it was ~Santani's work which first made me want to try using fimo to make dolls. Then I found some other artists like ~mammalfeathers and =wereRemjiff and asked them questions, looked up tutorials and made some of my own... I like the posability because it's so versatile and I enjoy taking photos of them in different positions, and the style well.. I don't know lol, that's just my style I guess. I've always leant towards realism and quality materials. Things that don't look tacky yknow? That's all I want - for my dolls to not look tacky haha. I like getting reactions out of people so in real life I make sure they feel like cats when you pick them up or they have super convincing eyes.
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:eager: I can't wait! :iconsmilinstanwooplz:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional
nice job
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d4riuss4v4ge Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconomgsocuteplz:…..Cute!!!
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bvanhorn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. I love the feather mane. It is so appropriate. A very beautiful gryphon.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you, I think I will make more feathers manes as a lot of people have said that they like this one!
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVE this one! :iconawwwplz: its my favorite or what you have created! Do you sell these? :? This looks so real like it would cock its head to the side then scuttle under a dresser making little clicks and gurgle noises. :wow:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
He probably would! I think you would just see him out of the corner of your eye gurgling and then he'd disappear into a dark corner. A shy gryphon living in your house...
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha so cute! :iconawwwplz:
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OrigamiOverflow Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He is beautiful!
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So fluffeh I could die! :lmao:

Love the full body shot of him, it shows him off better I think. That, and I can't get over that tail! :XD: I like the way you did the background too, it makes him look like he's perched on a cloud or standing in fog in the moonlight. :love:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I can never decide to get really artsy with my pics or more descriptive. I suppose an even keel of both is best, huh?
I'm glad you like the background, I'm trying to be more adventurous. Even if black card with a bit of weird fabric on it isn't exactly breaking out of the box, it's a step forward for me haha
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I understand. I need to get away from just a plain white sheet as background myself! :XD:
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Amazing! He's a very cool little guy.

Considering that, and how hard you worked on him... I think you ought to ask a bit more for him. Some people might get mad at me for saying so. :shh:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Maybe when I make more of a name for myself. But I agree, I should charge more for them - I'm scared I won't sell any. Although I may not be making profit for now, I am getting at least some word of mouth... And I can't put my prices up now until I've had another break-through on quality.

Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate it, especially as I've been ogling your beautiful sculptures for a while now. ;)
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InsanityInspired Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
:D This one is so so cute!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:boing: Thanks!
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Mad-March Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OAO Ohhhh my gosh he is so adorable! So cute and fluffeh!!
As for photograph I have one thing that comes to mind- that you have too much negative space at the top. For a horizontally-composed critter like this one, I suggest having more space out to the right and left rather than at the top and bottom like you have with this square composition. But besides that, I really like the soft fabric you chose to put him on, the curves and light color compliment his spikeyness and patterning.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Agreed, it has square dimensions because of a habit I picked up when Folksy said they only accepted square images (which was weird). Also sometimes the square looks better in the etsy photos, but I'll keep in mind to change that for DA.
Ha that fabric is horrid, it's all scrunchy and bleh, but it does look soft doesn't it
:glomp: Thanks for the comment!
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Mad-March Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is odd! And yeah, square images do look better on etsy so yeah XDD
On etsy you're showing your work to sell, but here you should make it look ~beautiful~
or something
HAHAH Well its that the fabric looks like rather than how it feels that matters XD;;
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful with wiggly bits~~
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ShadedMoons Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I went to your etsy shop and noticed you have a rat gryphon on there with MY name..... just thought I'd share, you don't come across too many Dominiques
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's true! It's a great name, just rolls off the tongue.
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ShadedMoons Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks :) lol
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KayCSerenity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I love him:) You make such unique creatures!
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Cerisedolls Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Artist
*O*
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Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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