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Nothing Better by Magweno Nothing Better by Magweno
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 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 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 May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What was your first posable ever? what number was this one? :?
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Magweno 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 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 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 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 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 May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:eager: I can't wait! :iconsmilinstanwooplz:
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bear48 Mar 8, 2011  Professional
nice job
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