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Leaflin
11-22-2001, 09:06 AM
This fellow is called a Whatever.
He is whatever you want him to be!
He is 57 inches tall and 41 inches long.
Papier mache covered with fur.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2001/whatever1JP.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2001/whatever2JP.jpg

This is his saddle

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2001/saddleJP.jpg

sassybird
11-23-2001, 04:14 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: You should be designing critters for Disney........lol This is too cool. What kind of fur did you use? I love those eyes too. They look like my dog Claire's eyes. How long did it take you to make this?

colorme
11-23-2001, 05:12 PM
like is said before, he looks real.:D i like the fur and the long neck. he's a cross btw a llama and a dog. lol

Tony Perrotta
11-24-2001, 06:45 PM
Hi Leaflin, Very cool. If I saw that standing in someones yard I'd think it was a real dog.


Tony

Leaflin
11-30-2001, 10:27 AM
Thanks everyone :D

Sass I would love to design for Disney :) Or work for Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
I would go to work and never leave.
They were going to open up a theme park here in Virginia but it fell through :(

The fur is the posh fake fur from the fabric store.
It did ok but I am going to try something different on the next one.
I cut out a pattern and attached it with spray glue a major mistake!!!
I have since had to restick the whole thing.
The eyes are styrofoam balls set into instant papier mache'

It took a little over a month to do.
I will log the time on the next one.

Colorme the neck is one of those black drain pipes and the base for the head is a gallon size shampoo bottle. We don't waste anything here :D

Glad you like it Tony.
He turns some heads when I put him outside :)

I'll try to find some other photos I took as I went along :)

colorme
11-30-2001, 03:58 PM
Leaflin congratulations on all the awards, you deserve them:)

Gisela
12-02-2001, 11:02 PM
You know, i saw this in another thread and I thought it was something that had actually wandered into your yard.

Boy, do I feel silly. :o

It's pretty cool, whatever it is!

Gisela

Leaflin
12-03-2001, 05:12 PM
:) Thank you colorme :)

Gisela LOL
I put him in the cafe' just for fun :)
From a distance he can give you quite a scare
Glad you like him :)

impetuous
12-08-2001, 07:57 AM
Leaflin he is fantastic!:clap: When I saw him in the cafe I didn't realise that you'd made him ...amazing!
Love the saddle, especially the colours.
LOL, he looks as if he should be in the next Star Wars film, give George Lucas a call and see if he's looking for extras!:D

Mich451
12-08-2001, 08:36 AM
Leaflin...

One of these followed me home one day. Actually, it was on my doorstep after I had shooed it away 3 miles earlier.

diane555
12-15-2001, 09:50 AM
Leaflin this is fabulous!!!!! wow I agree...you should be designing for a theme park or kids shows or something. Kids would fall in love with this guy! I popped in this forum to get a few ideas for the new badge and seem to have gotten lost looking at all the cool things ya'll are making :D Was the saddle fabric preprinted or did you piece it yourself? I am a quilter so I wondered :) Great work! The face is sooooo believeable!

Di

Leaflin
12-15-2001, 09:01 PM
I am so glad you guys like him :)
Thank you for all the wonderful compliments.

Nick (the dog) was actually jealous of him at first :)

Di I am glad you popped in to see us.
We really are a fun lot in here.

The saddle, girth, stirrups, and bridle are all papier mache'
they all 'work' and can be removed.

The saddle is 8 to 10 layers of papier mache' with a coat of gesso then I painted each square on and added some gold ric-rak for the final touch.

Thanks again :)

Thumper
12-20-2001, 10:38 PM
:) This made me smile, very creative and charming !
Joc

Leaflin
01-19-2002, 04:04 PM
Thank You Thumper :)

Leaflin
01-19-2002, 04:57 PM
Here are some progress shots:)

The first is the body.
Two large Tide bottles taped together with styrofoam "peanuts" held together with plastic bags.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2002/W1.jpg

The second is more styrofoam, peanuts and bags to give it shape.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2002/W2.jpg

The third is a pattern layout for the fur.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2002/W3.jpg

The fourth is the finished body before the facial features.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2002/W4.jpg

The fifth is a close up of the "instant" Papier Mache' face

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2002/W5.jpg

Mae
02-04-2002, 12:44 PM
Your use of fur with the paper mache is so unique! I love your creature! Hmm..maybe you could market it to pet suppliers/stores for display ..!

msue
02-04-2002, 01:26 PM
Looks very much like an Afghan Hound wearing a saddle.

arlene
02-04-2002, 07:13 PM
leaf,
next time try dolls hair wool...wonderful stuff ...but expensive.

photographer45
02-05-2002, 01:45 PM
Well, this is just a gas! How I would love to borrow this critter for a day or two, just to set out in different places and watch peoples' reactions!

You did a wonderful job. I'm so glad you also posted the various stages of creation for us to view.

Maryjane

T-Rex
02-10-2002, 07:25 AM
Liked looking at Whatever from inside out...

When I saw the first progress pic I thought it was beef roast:p :D

Go figure:rolleyes: Karen

Leaflin
02-10-2002, 02:59 PM
Thanks everyone :)
I have just started on another one called a 'Firdemu'.
I am not going to use the posh fur this time.
The doll hair wool is a good idea Arlene, but as you say it is expensive.
My neighbor raises peacocks and I thought of feathers for my next one but haven't made up my mind yet.

Just enjoying the fun of making another one :D