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Tutorial - Poseable Art Doll Animal DIY How-To by RikerCreatures Tutorial - Poseable Art Doll Animal DIY How-To by RikerCreatures
Because I believe in sharing knowledge. 
I am not too great with hyperlinking etc, so please go to the URL below to see the full photo-set and tutorial on Imgur.

imgur.com/a/09e6n

A proper outdoor photo-shoot of this girl will be uploaded soon :)
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:iconcraftdragon:
CraftDragon Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for sharing. I have a question, if you use acrylic paint to colour the fur won't the paint be removed if the doll gets wet.
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JustYourAverageDino Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is going to help me a lot! also, your stuff is great!
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karkat1001 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
Magnificent tutorial! Only.... I'm afraid I cant ever use this tut, because I can't buy faux fur, that wire stuff, and.... im kinda to young for handling ANY of it
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SteamPixy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible. Thank you for sharing. 
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!! I am so happy my tutorial inspires people
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love how you bring these creatures to life! :la:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!! :3 
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anytime! :la: Also I have a question, if you were making something like a dragon or reptile, what would you use to give them a scaly look? P:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok to be honest, I would most likely start with a scaled fabric base (there's all kinds of cool shit at fabricland lol) and then from there fashion my own larger scales for prominent areas like ridges and eyebrow scales etc from colored sculpey and glue them on one by one.
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright, because at some point I wanna make this guy:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YEah; for sure! I would use purple and lavender fabric, hand-dye the darker purple blobs with diluted fabric paint, and make the big scales out or sculpey or sew them out of fabric
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet, thank you!! It'll take me a while (like MONTHS since I wanna get this guy as perfectly accurate as possible) but hopefully it'll be worth it!! :la:
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FallenLeavesKoi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Truly amazing work! Wow!
 I admire your talent as well as your patience after seeing this!:headbang:
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you!!! <3
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:iconwingedafricanwilddog:
WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooh, awesome!
Now I wanna make my own. :D
Thanks so much!
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:iconrikercreatures:
RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Go for it! It's super fun
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student General Artist
What kind of wire do you use?
Is it expensive?
Where can I get it?
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I get mine at lowes/home depot/ renovation depot, any construction store in the section with cables and chains and wires etc. I'ts steel construction wire, comes in multiple guages (thickness) and it's very durable. You can also buy armeture wire from craft shops etc, which is specifically made for dolls and is also rust-proof if you are using water-based clay to sculpt with.
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay, thank you for the help!
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StarrysStudio Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student General Artist
This was amazing. Exactly what I was looking for too! :'D
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:iconrikercreatures:
RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome thanks for leaving a comment!!! Glad it hit the spot :)
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Starburstangel8 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best tutorial I've found yet thanks so much.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I'm so happy that people are finding it helpful :) Thanks for taking the time to put a reply
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Brambleshadow12 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
is there a way for me to get like tiger or cheetah pattern on the Posable creature I'm working on?
And nice tutorial ^^ helped me more then the first ones I did :D
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, glad it helps! I don't have any patterns, I work mostly by eye. But you could probably find a pattern online for a stuffed animal tiger or something, and build the posable wire form according to the measurements of the pattern.
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Omg Thank you so much for this!! Iv been wanting to make one of these but i had no idea about how to go about it! im more of a visual learner so if i cant see something being done i have a hard time understanding -_- but this is amazing You are awesome! Heart 
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D awesome I'm so glad you liked it! Me too, and I found it sooo hard to find information when I started - but now that I know a bit more I'm glad I can pass on info to others <3
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TrainxHeartnet Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Well I really do appreciate it! <3 If you dont mind me asking where do you find your fur? im looking around for something online i have a couple of craft stores around here but they are VERY limited in the fur department =/
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
craft stores are not where you wanna go. I get all my fur at fabric and textile shops. I get some of my fur at Fabricville (I think it goes under the name Fabricland in the USA if that's where your from) Or any other textile store. Check out speciality fabric stores, for example here in Montreal there is a street down-town that is mainly visited by seamstresses etc. and they have many stores that have a selection 4 or 5 times bigger than Fabricville in the faux fur department in every color imaginable. Sometimes they are hard to find online, and you have to trawl message boards for your city or talk to some people who do seamstress work. I had to walk all over the place before I found my favorite place :P But it's really nice because I can go in and see and touch the fur, see how thick it is, how it looks in the light etc.

If you are stumped at finding a place in your city, there are some great online stores with shipping and lots of selection, only drawback is you can't really tell how the quality of it will be until you get it in the mail. I haven't ordered online as of yet, but if you decide to go online, make sure to check some reviews of the site first and you should be good :)
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TrainxHeartnet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Yeah im from the US plus i live in Kentucky sooo in terms of fabric stores im in the wrong place but i do know a seamstresse so I will make sure to ask her and look around to see if there is a store nearby even if its not in my town =D... but thanks so much i really do appreciate your help!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, good luck out there in Kentucky!
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Zaphy-G Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
The best tutorial I ever see. 

Thank you very much for sharing, this is really wonderfull! I love your work, so delicate and cute.... :heart: *_____*
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MaryamDN Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist
i love seeing someone else use Acrylic instead of air brush!!!!!Heart 
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:iconrikercreatures:
RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL yay!!!! god I know right? Everybody's got an airbrush it seems. I like the way acrylics are blendable once you get it on the fur
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MaryamDN Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Tard OMG Emote EXACTLY!!! i mean it's great if that's what works for you <.< but gosh the price and maintenance!!!
 :) whatever i can't get with piecing different colour furs next to each other gets acrylic sprayed/ brushed and it works just fine for me O.o i just can't imagine airbrushing being all that much better!
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tinga1911 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm not much of a sculpter, but I love trying out different things and it is tutorials like this that keep me from ever being bored! Your work is amazing and I sincerely hope one day I can afford one of your adorable creatures Hug 
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Try it out, it's really quite fun work :)
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En-Seta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Very informative. But I'm surprised this didn't share many techniques that are used in making fursuits.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's mostly self-discovered. What kind of techniques were left out that you expected to see? I'm curious
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En-Seta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Fursuiters build mostly out of upholstery foam, since it can be cut and glued without any compromise to it's properties. It may not be as cheap as that quilting material you used, but you have more control over the shape. Even the heads are built out of upholstery foam, and the eyes, mouth, ears, and nose are just built separately and installed. 

I was surprised adding the fur is different too. Since all of your crafts are unique, you should seriously consider this one: The entire form is covered in masking tape, labeled, and cut out as darts. Then you take the tape you cut out and lay it over the fur (making sure you're cutting it out in the right direction) and then cut out the fur. It works every time, no matter the form.

That's all I can think of right now, but you should consider looking into the comunity. It may help you more than you think.
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Love the patterning techniques! I usually work by eye but I tend to cut too big sometimes and waste material.

I'm definately going to check out the fursuit scene more, I have seen some good tutorials on resin casting by fursuiters.

Good stuff thanks
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En-Seta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome. It was my pleasure.
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twyliteskyz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
hey there, i saw that you use epoxy clay, i was wondering how durable it is compared to super sculpy? is it a lot different in how durable ? well thanks for your time! :)
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I find epoxy much more durable than sculpey. I would feel comfortable having my sculptures drop on the floor and not worry about them breaking.
I have to say it's harder to work with, but for really solid base sculpts is great. I tend to work in layers, making the base, let it dry, put on some more details, let those dry, etc.
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twyliteskyz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
sounds cool! thank you for the reply. i might try it out. since you dont have to bake it, i think i could use a plastic foam ball type base to work off of instead on tin foil. im not sure how others do it, but to make a head, i have to ball up a big ball of foil to mold my face on to. im that case it might be possible to sculpt the foam with a dremmel or something. the thing im worried about is how workable the epoxy is, im kind of spoiled with the sculpy firm. the ultimate concern though is having the most durable clay, so that in itself is enough reason to try it
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I use carved foam for many of my heads cuz no baking lol. Yeah, sculpey is easier for detailing tbh. You should read this article called the ten commandments of epoxy, google it it's very helpful
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Roura-4-Kurama Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Amazing! Thank you so so much for sharing!
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this tutorial and it is super helpful and wonderful! Thanks for posting this :)
Just one question though, what brand of epoxy clay do you use for your dolls? I have just been using sculpey this whole time, but it can be fragile if handled roughly, so I wanted to look into the epoxy clay you use and experiment with that instead. :)
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's called Apoxie Sculpt, I get it at a special effects store in Montreal here in Canada, but it can also be ordered online.
Made by Aves
www.avesstudio.com/component/v…
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome! Thank you :) I'll check it out.
I'm in Canada as well, so shipping shouldn't be too much ^^
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