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AC: Maneki Neko -Beckoning Cat sculpture by Eiliakins AC: Maneki Neko -Beckoning Cat sculpture by Eiliakins
My gift for :iconminogirl01: from :iconartcrossing:! Finally the gift arrived, so hopefully she liked it. ;U; So now I can finally upload the photos~.
The group is a bit like #OC-Art-Exchange or Postcrossing, but this time it's not just a trade for a character you decide, or even just post cards, it's for pretty much any form or traditional media~, based on a small written profile you get from the group. So you don't know who you're making for, nor who makes for you! Cool huh? It's been a while since I've made anything traditional besides random marker-doodles, so this should get me motivated to such, as you already can see~.

~Minogirl01 said in her profile that she collects Maneki Nekos (Lucky beckoning cat, or something. o3o ), so I decided to make her one of those. :dummy: I COULD have made something like a drawing of her favourite anime-characters, but.. I thought this would be more personal, huh? Hopefully this kitty looks fine in her collection. ;U;
I really haven't sculpted anything proper in years, so it was interesting to try that again. d:
It's not perfect, but I hope it's good enough; I actually had a hard time letting it go in the first place. XD I hope it gets there in one piece. Yap. I hope the post-office will treat the package nicely. >u<'' I DID put quite a bit of stuffing in. silk-paper, bubblewrap, newspapers.. With comics on them. xD I specifically chose newspaper pages with comics. Though the comics are a bit 'Wut?'. |D

I made it from uh... *Checks the label* Cernit modelling clay? Yap, I think that's it. XD And the base I made of, like *Cheru-Hime taught me, tinfoil! XD The sculpture is now nice an light thanks to that, and makes it also a bit more difficult to break. ^^
The yellow parts were painted with acrylics, but then I decided that my hands were WAY too shaky to make decent stripes with a paintbrush, so I made all the smaller details with different markers. :nod: I looked up different cat-designs on Google and combined them together for this. XD Heck, the white cats looked so plain, but some of the cats had this adorable yellow-and-brown striped pattern on them and bawww~, I had to do something like that. XD
And funny thing.. When I was just aout to finish it, I noticed that I had no red ribbon! I had purple, white, black, light blue, light blue with plaid.. But no red! So I just took a part of the white ribbon and coloured it red with Copics. 8'D It looked surprisingly nice. And it stiffened the ribbon a bit, so it prolly will stay closed better. : O How strange. 8'3
And the gold-paint hated me. >:c But I got somewhat decent a surface from it anyways. |D

Now I can't wait for the school's matriculation exams to be over so I will have more free time and request another profile to work on! But for the next few weeks or so.. Way too busy with school. OTL Gotta read ALL the geography/geology books! :iconallthethingsplz:
And you know, I kinda wanna make a similar statue like this for myself. Though prolly not of a cat.. Beckoning-Bolero, how would that sound? 8DD
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:iconartemecia:
artemecia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Nice !! :)
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you~. o3o
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:iconartemecia:
artemecia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
You are very welcome :)
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dirtbikelvr Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
ERH MER GERRRRDD so cute
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
XD Thank you~. Gotta love kittycats~.
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kampfly Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
so cute!! this is an awesome gift :D
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that. ;U;
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for showing us the view from the back! This is a great gift. I love how you saw something she collected and decided to make a unique addition to her collection! Perfect!
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Oooh, why thank you! And hehe, I wanted to show the figure from all directions so people could see all the details~.
Aww, and indeed~. And seems like the kitty indeed fitted in her collection just fine, and she can be sure no one else will have one quite alike. X3
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Unmei-Wo-Hayamete Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you~.
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Dusktalon14 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, I love this! Really amazing <3
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Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Why thank you~. >U< I was indeed quite pleased with it too~.
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an amazing gift! So thoughtful and I love all of the little details! Your ribbon story made me smile too! He's absolutely adorable!
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! Hehe~. I am a bit of an detail obsesser indeed~.
And good to hear the ribbon-part was funny to you too; it really was quite a hazzle. XD
But I at least learned that as long as I have white ribbon and markers, I can have any colour of ribbon that I want. :dummy:
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D
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Thiefy-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! This is beautiful! Very cute! Well done! :)
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you~. Good to hear the kitty is liked! :dummy:
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Minogirl01 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh yea, that reminds me: do you know what the writing says? Sadly I can't read Japanese and the writings different than all of the other Maneki Nekos that I have! XD
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Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahh, actually, I must say I really know next to nothing about the Japanese letterings aside from Hiragana, but to my knowledge it is a rather common thing written on Japanese Maneki Nekos? ouo At least so it seemed when I looked up the different cats and their texts. X3
IF I understood correctly, it means 10 million Ryo -the currency in Edo Japan- and is meant to attract luck and wealth~.
I just wonder.. What might your Maneki Nekos say? : o If you're curious.. This wesite might have the answer, it has quite a few of those markings that the cats can have. ^^ [link] )
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:iconminogirl01:
Minogirl01 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, thanks for the website link! It's funny how I collect the cat's but don't know anything about them ^^'
Anyways, I think that one of them says "good fortune from now on" and the other "happiness". That's cool that they all say something different!
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Minogirl01 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah, sorry that it took me so long to get around to thanking you! I didn't see this posted in Art Crossing and was just going to send you a note and saw this so, long story short, thanks!

I absolutely love the little kitty! >w< It actually somewhat looks like my cat so that's a plus! Right now it's my new little desk-buddy :3 And the letter was very nice as well-- I especially liked the doodles! And you mentioned something about two of the characters not having eyebrows. It's not really a fashion statement, it just so happens that two of my favorites don't have them for some reason! An odd quiescence, huh?

But anyways, thank you very, very much! I loves it oodles and oodles and noodles!!!! :huggle:
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Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, it's fine~. I don't mind~.
But I'm so relieved and glad to hear that the kitty was well received and got a good home! :dummy:
And oh wow, it does? 8D Now, that is a nice coincidence~. And good to hear the sketches looked good to you too~.
Haha~. I just found it so funny that both L and Gaara shared that characteristic; the lack of eyebrows! I had never noticed that before~.

And you're very much welcome~.
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Crazy-Leen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww how cute : D
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. XD Kittenssss~:iconkittensplz:
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:iconcrazy-leen:
Crazy-Leen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!
Kittens!
./\_/\
(=w=)
(U___U)/
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CheruCheriPie Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh mah goodness! This is so adorable! And ffff once I get my crafty self going again, I'll be checking further into that group U8<

Maneki Neko! :dummy: *has one full of pennies and a rare 2 dollar bill :meow:* XD

:iconmermaid-plz: I helped~? Yee, so glad I was able to. :love: And PFF maybe you could make one that's opened and hollow inside to store coins in. o3o I've walked DaMee through making two that are like that! X3 this one: [link] and this one: [link] She never made me one -boohoo- I should try and make one of my skitty self someday <3

Also, metallic paints are just silly. :iconfreakedplz: but you did a great job on it from what I can tell. XP ....You're right about the yellow with brown stripes...it does make it absolutely adorable ;u;
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Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you~. x3 Hehe, like I said, maybe we'll get each other as partners sometime in the group, I prolly would have SO many ideas for a gift for you. :iconheplz:

Ooooh? : O I actually have no Maneki Nekos at all. |D I had to Google it when the person mentioned it. And I was all.. "OH. It's like that 'Lucky Cat' item in Animal Crossing!"

And yep~, you did~. I would have been so paranoid about that raised paw falling off if there wasn't that tinfoil-structure underneath. XD
Oooh, that sounds like a cool idea too. : o Though this kitty is really small. XD I don't think you could fit too many pennies inside it even if it was hollow. :U And besides, I always keep my coins in my wallet as I always forget them if I put them anywhere to store, LOL... WAIT. I wonder if I still have any money in that one jar I collected money in years ago... *Brbs* Oh wow, I actually did. 8D SEE WHAT I MEANT?

Ooooh. 8D DaMee did Maneki Nekos too? XD Cool~. Hehe, I'm still wanting to make a Maneki-Neko statue of BOLERO. Yesss~. I'm such a nerd. |D'

They are. D8> I never really use metallic paints for just that reason. If they behave well, they're glittery, if they're really metallic, they're unpredictable. 8I Even spray paints. They never dry properly, or then bugs fly onto them while they dry and GAH. ;A; *Random rant*
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CheruCheriPie Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pfft, I could think of quite a few things to make for you too right off~ ;U; it would be neat if we got each other at least once~

XDD I only have one that actually holds coins! The other is just fat and adorable x3 But I used to have a friend that was obsessssssed with Asian culture of all kinds, so I learned a lot from them. Each cat has different forms of luck. Like depending on which paw is raised depends on where you're luck in money is going to come from. I forget which one is which, but one is personal and the other is business. x3 I think the colors mean something too...?

GOOD ;U; It does make it way more sturdy~~
ohhh it looks kinda big~ ...Also you aren't supposed to take out the coins you put in it XDD Just having coins in it is the luck~ x3
PFFT OH YOU. 8'DD

Yesh she did <3
OHHH YOU SHOULD. IT WOULD BE EPIC 08 -wants to see this-

Yesssssss I know exaaaactly how you feel. My dad works in spray paints a lot since they're typically faster and I've seen the things it does. I: But he always manages to work around it...
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Rothkind Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dwejhbfdsbfgh *explodes of cuteness overload*
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:iconeiliakins:
Eiliakins Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
XDD Thank youuuu~. Such a cutie-pa-tootie of a kitty, hmm? ;u;
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Rothkind Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeees i wish i was talented enough to do such things really ;A;
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