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Porphyrios, The Shaman by Magweno Porphyrios, The Shaman by Magweno
This shaman lives high in the Alpine mountains weaving magic and practicing his skills as a warlock. His race is one of intriguing sexual dimorphism - his horns and crest are for impressing females. They prize themselves on their intricate mating rituals including elaborate dances and casting an aesthetic spell to impress their ward. Porphyrios is a young shaman and has yet to find his match in life but remains wise for his years.

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Porphyrios has been sculpted in polymer clay over a sturdy wire armature covered with wadding, which means he is fully posable. His silky-soft fur is sewn on by hand and he has been carefully painted with acrylic paints. He has an impressive crest made from real coque and pigeon feathers. His eyes are icy blue fimo painted with interference medium and then varnished.

I made him last weekend as a really quick 'for fun' doll and got a chance to take some photos today, so here he is! His fur really is soft and my friend says he has that "picking up a cat" feeling round the middle. He's small, sweet, soft and for sale! Follow this link to see his listing.

He is quite small, measuring only 22cm from nose to tail, 14cm from toe to the tip of his crest and 7cm from shoulder to shoulder. (8.5x5.5x2.5" approx.)

Thanks for looking :aww:
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Navajo23 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
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redflowerblooming Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
his eyes are gorgeous!!! :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
he looks BEAUTIFUL! .. so magnificent!! ... I hope he went to a good home! :D
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
His new owner left some really lovely feedback so yeah, I think he did! :aww: I've gotta make another Porphyrios, he was SO popular.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's good :]
hey, don't you think you'd get bored making the same doll again? o.O ... I've kind of been telling myself I couldn't make the same doll more than once.. I think I'd go a bit crazy! (mind you, saying that, I've already had 2 cat-bus requests... LOL!)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah probably, I don't sketch the dolls or anything before I make them though so I'd probably set out to make something similar to Porphyrios and end up making something completely different.
Haha cat-bus, that's awesome, because of Tilly, right? Ahh Tilly was sooo cool. :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah I find the way you make dolls fascinating.. - very organic and I guess it means every one is unique! ... I didn't think I'd have the confidence to just sit down and make one without planning first but saying that I've recently started making a "scraplet" out of off-cuts .... I have NO idea how he'll turn out! :D lol
And yeah, how ever did you guess! ;) lol Tilly made peeps want cat-bus! I'll probably make one to auction and then one for my friend who's requested one... we'll see.
Tilly sustained battle damage the other day :( she took a dive off her shelf and broke the point off one of her claws! ... silly girl! lol
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oof, good thing it wasn't more than her claw. My dolls constantly try flying around my room, I'm so clumsy.. Good thing I have a carpet. Although I find the biggest culprit for broken claws is wooly jumpers :|
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh yeah! I can imagine! Snaggy! x.X
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KumoriYori Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
This one looks so mysterious! I love how it turned out.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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CLPennelly Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
very cool!
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Humbug-liqourish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Writer
Dammit, i saw this, saw the for sale sign and got excited. But he was sold! He's beautiful. I look forward to seeing your work every time i go on DA.
Really cool.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
He sold SO quickly, I was really surprised!
:hug: Thanks for such a lovely comment, I'll be sure to make some more dolls soon.
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
not sure what price you put on him but maybe you under-charged!! - something like this should go for a fair whack I think! :]
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
He was 40 (I think) which covered materials and also paid myself just under minimum wage with separate postage.. He was pretty small! Don't worry, now I've graduated I'm working on figuring out exact prices - gotta eat! ;)
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah definitely a bargain! ^_^ gutted I missed him! :]
And totally! - gotta put food on the table and leccy in the lights! ;) :]
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Humbug-liqourish Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Writer
Sweet, i look forward!
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bvanhorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
More feather mane! I love the lines and flow of this 'for fun' doll.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the feather manes! :D Thank you :aww:
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AdaValle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so beautiful!:love: great work, congratulation!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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remi-x Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Artist
i wanted him he is soo beautiful~

you're work is inspiring :D it's only a matter of time before you get famous ;)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
He went incredibly fast!
:hug: you're funny. how's kicks down in tyneside? (that's right, right?
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remi-x Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Artist
no wonder. his eyes are captivating.
teesside? I think.... but it's just Middlesbrough anyway :)
It's all going well i'm keeping up a standard of C's B's and A's for all my assignments handed in so far, just keeping working, started life drawing too, i do a lot more 3d work than i do normal drawing, but it's suiting me just fine as i'm introducing my drawing into these places and the tutors are like, yeah thats cool works well that way. I'm also getting good at designing levels in game engines, environments mainly so i'm doing a lot of art work for those, traditional paintings :D so much fun
wow long post.
oh ferreh did an interview at my uni yesterday, seems he may be coming here next year.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha sorry, Tyneside was a bit off...
A's? That's brilliant! Last time I got an A was in first year.
That sounds like a lot of fun, and a thorough course too. I saw some of your new work, it looks brilliant!
That's great, he was thinking about coming up here but I kind of dissuaded him. The illustration course at DoJ is the pits but I can't speak for Abertay - I hear it's good, but then I heard my course was good too. Heh.
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Wulvie-leigh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ok, scratch what I said before. THIS is the best one yet! XD I love the cat-like face shape :3
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahaha, aww, poor magpie
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Wulvie-leigh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:P
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As always, absolutely gorgeous! I love the crest! It makes him look so regal! ^^
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love crests, I just realised a lot of my dolls have crests... :giggle:
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DancingMelody Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
He...is so fluffy! :heart:
I think this is one of my favorites that you've posted on deviantart. xD
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: He's definitely the softest I've made! What is it you like about him?
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DancingMelody Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Oh gosh, I don't know. Everything! xD
I like how posable he is, his face shape, and his feet are adorable. I love, love, love the crest. xD I love crests, so... Yeah. The fluffiness helps too! :heart:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Crests are the best.
I'm trying to find out what makes people tick about my dolls. Everyone loved Odette and I had no idea why, and everyone loves this guy too, and although I do too I wasn't nearly expecting the reaction he got!
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