Well, this plush is my first that actually looks like what it's modeled after. [and the first I've made it years.] It's a wailord
, from pokemon!
there's a long story behind me making the doll, that I kinda find funny.
For the convention I'm attending, I will be cosplaying a Magma Grunt, also from pokemon. After I finished the costume, I felt like making a matching pokemon... but I didn't know which... So I consulted the only place for advice: Facebook! My dad, who has no interest in the games and thinks pokemon is rather stupid, comes up to me later and says: "Make a life-size Wailord or Gyarados!" [he didn't know how to say gyarados, so I was confused a second] If no one realizes it, wailord is the biggest pokemon ever, and would be bigger than two houses. Would be incredibly impossible to recreate in plush form. My sister and I explained that to him, but he still got a kick out of that. Again I go to facebook and share this gag with friends, and two of them are like "I want one!" One of those two actually said she'll pay for it, which got me to making it. [I won't actually charge her for it. More like a B-day gift] And that's what it's left to.
enough story telling, and off to the goods!
for starters, in order to get the shape down, I made a plain whale. He had an "x" blowhole, but I remembered the picture taking after I removed it from the ref.]whale-y whale
I added the extra fins and painted the details after that, and redid the eyes for my big sister said they should be on the sides instead of the middle. Here he is finished!
and then the bottom
he's made of felt and what I assume is a jersey t-shirt type material... [whatever I found around the house.] The body is machine stitched, everything else is by hand. Hand painted also. [btw, paint on felt takes forever to dry!] The white spots on his tummy are from when I tried to fix what smeared of the black. [cuz I am very impatient when crafting, and tend to rush the things that take time... very bad habit.] I thought it may blend, but it didn't. D: ah well.
I may or may not make another for the other friend, again as a b-day present. I'll probably be the right color, if I can find the right color felt.