Hey there you lot!
Fancy a look at my latest needle felting venture?
After working on the Totoro trio, and Byron the Bear I wanted to explore a more complex shape created out of felt!
So meet my little Chocobo!
Like every other needle felted creation, this Chocobo started out with a drawn template to act as a guide. I wanted this chappie to be poseable, so like with the Finn and Jake plushies I made, I gave him a wire armature skeleton.
Now begins the felting, I started with the feet and the body.
Then comes the head and neck, followed by a bit of shaping and then the main section of the tail.
Next were the two secondary sections of the tail, then I simply added three more spikes to match my drawn guide.
Similarly to the tail, I then shaped spikes for the Chocobo's crest, starting with the longest spike in the middle then the lower two, and one on top.
The next part was rather fun, the Chocobo's beak! I'm really quite pleased with the shape I managed to active here.
Finally to complete the Chocobo's body I made his wings. These I felted separately, using the drawing as a guide to the correct shape, then attached them.
With some final touches to his legs to bulk them out a bit, give them claws and shape the area where they attach the the body, all that remains is to glue on a couple small beads for his eye, and voila!
So there you have it! Isn't he cute!
I let this critter out into the park earlier to explore, I'll post photos of that adventure at a later date!
Here's a link to my 'lil Cho's photoshoot adventure in the park! So if you like this guy then check it out!