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« on: May 16, 2007 07:03:57 PM »

So, this is my entry.

I've been into conservation issues for almost 15 years, so, considering I'm a number of years away from 30, that's a significant portion of my life.  Because of that I wanted to make an animal that went extinct since the last ice age and because of human beings.  I love birds, so I looked into birds first.  The auk has a great shape and beautiful yet awkward look.  It's also reasonable simplistic color and shape wise so I knew I could do it without getting frustrated and giving up.  Roll Eyes  It also gave me a chance to work out this polyclay/felt thing I've been wanting to try.

Great Auk

I based him off of the following picture and the mounted specimen at the museum I work at.



He's black and white felt, a polymer clay beak and plastic eyes.  He is about a foot and a half tall, his head hits right above my knees.  He's also a good snuggler, despite that beak.

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Here he is posing with the museum's mounted specimen.  I didn't intend it this way but he's actually slightly bigger than life size!



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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2007 07:05:24 PM »

Awesome. Looks like a penguin! I like its pose/posture.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2007 07:09:54 PM »

How cute! I looooove it! I also like the polyclay beak. You did a great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2007 07:13:19 PM »

Awe, what a cutie!!  I wuv his wittle wings. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007 07:14:22 PM »

Awe, what a cutie!!  I wuv his wittle wings. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007 07:20:29 PM »

chicken wings are good... Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007 08:36:07 PM »

Awesome. Looks like a penguin! I like its pose/posture.

They do!  They weren't related but they look similar.  They were related to things like puffins.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007 08:39:20 PM »

I love this. Seriously the cutest thing I've seen in a month.
Great work.

It takes a lot to set off my cute-odometer!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007 08:53:22 PM »

I love him! When I saw the first image I was a bit taken aback and then I scrolled down to see your adorable version. Great work!
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007 08:55:38 PM »

Yea, I'm not quite that good!  I noticed that was an odd picture placement, too.  I'll try to fix it tomorrow when I add more pictures.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007 09:19:52 PM »

Warhg! I love Great Auks Tongue I was going to make a quagga for this but I didn't have the time or stuff Sad
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2007 11:04:20 PM »

i love him!!!! and i love his beaker! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2007 01:51:39 AM »

He's wonderful! Kind of elegant and cuddly at the same time. And the beak works really well.
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2007 03:13:49 AM »

Wow that's amazing!
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2007 05:10:18 AM »

Warhg! I love Great Auks Tongue I was going to make a quagga for this but I didn't have the time or stuff Sad

I love quaggas, too!  I just knew that the coloration and even the shape would be too much for me in this challenge.    You should make one later when you have supplies!
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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2007 08:56:29 AM »

I love great auks.  They are my favorite extinct flightless bird. 
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« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2007 12:30:18 PM »

I added a few new pictures, including a couple with a real specimen!
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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2007 12:32:56 PM »

I love your new pictures. Everytime I see him he makes me laugh. What's his name?
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« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2007 12:35:13 PM »

He hasn't been named yet!

And, really, I don't know why he's a he.  Great Auks weren't sexually dimorphic.  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2007 12:37:13 PM »

I suppose things are usually "he" as a default until you decide otherwise. Maybe something like Pat. lol Then we won't know what it is until he/she/it picks a locker room.  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2007 12:38:00 PM »

I love him posing with is inspiration.
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2007 01:05:21 PM »

The new photos are the best!!
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2007 09:17:31 PM »

that looks so good! I like the shots with him next to his doppleganger
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That's such a great plushy!  It looks realistic and true-to-life but nicely stylised at the same time - I really love the design, great work!
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« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2007 03:12:18 PM »

So cute! I love how its wings look!!!
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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2007 04:32:56 AM »

Great stuffie!

I work in a museum too and I've been considering making stuffies of our fossil fish. I feel even more inspired now!

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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2007 06:57:00 AM »

Great stuffie!

I work in a museum too and I've been considering making stuffies of our fossil fish. I feel even more inspired now!

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Yay! You definitely should!  I have this idea in my head to make lots of different stuffies based on lots of different specimens around my museum.  They just seem so perfect for it.  Tongue  If you make some be sure to share them here!
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« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2007 11:36:49 AM »

He's so awesome!!  He looks a lot like the one at your work, great job.
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