I've been waiting for an excuse to update my faun design like I did for my centaurs
and the Woodland Creatures challenge hosted by
was just the excuse I needed!
Being the mythology enthusiast I am, after reading that fantasy woodland creatures were accepted, I couldn't wait to get started on a new faun design. My first faun I made in 2013 had two-part legs that were rather clumsy to put together and still didn't achieve the desired look I was hoping for: I dimply didn't know how to do it. After playing around for a while with different stitch combos, I finally got the legs I wanted! Goat legs! With all of the awesome angles that goat legs have. So ultimately, I am extremely happy with this little guy's design.
Did you know that fauns weren't always the cute little woodland creatures we think of in todays popular culture? Sometimes they kind of pervy. And sometimes they get confused with their close cousins, the satyrs, who were good buddies with Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and awesome parties. So naturally, sometimes they are good creatures, sometimes quite naughty. But ultimately, fauns are nice woodland folk; sons of Pan, the Greek god of shepherds and the wilderness. They love music and dancing.
While making this little faun, I had my favorite faun, Mr. Tumnus, in mind. His name is Gilleon and he loves big, strong oak trees. He likes to collect the acorns and plant them throughout the forest, helping them grow from tiny, fragile saplings into mighty trees. Like many fauns, he is pretty shy and knows how to move silently through the forest to avoid being seen.
I just really love mythological creatures. Also, I wish my backyard looked more "forest-y."
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