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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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They totally look like chicken wings.
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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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