Hello! I was wondering whether to post or not - having posted these pictures on social media elsewhere - and then I noticed that once again, it's been almost a month since my last post! Where has the time gone!
Anyway, I bet this is a surprise, after my previously posting about a bearded dragon! I was getting very frustrated with my dragon design, and decided to take a step back, just briefly, and concentrate on something else for a while. I've wanted to make a penguin for a while, and someone actually asked me recently if I might make one, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Getting the design together has been relatively easily - he's a heavily modified mash-up of my puffin and crow designs - and I was really happy with the cotton prototype I came up with. He is a Humboldt penguin. However, when I tried making him in a proper fur fabric - a lovely soft, Schulte viscose - it all went terribly wrong, and the result looked really clownish. I ended up painting the prototype, and it looked good, so Pepe here is made in interfaced cotton, and painted in acrylics. It's not ideal. The paint is a bit visually flat, and obviously not as tactile as a fur fabric, but it is so versatile and gives a much, much better effect! I have a precedent for using cotton in my barn owl, and I figure I can swap to a different fabric later if I change my mind. I suppose I'm just worried that I'm taking the easy way out of a fabric dilemma.
Anyway, Pepe just needs his feet covering in paper mache, and he'll be good to go. What do you think? Does he pass muster? :-)