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Baby Alduin

Soo, I have been putting off posting this for a while now (4 years…. *cough*)  Better late than never?


As a young lass I loved skyrim, dragons and stuffed animals. Imagine my destress when I found out that Bethesda didn't sell any plushies of their beloved dragons.


So I did the obvious and spent two years making my own.


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“The Dragonborn was victorious, they had defeated Alduin, the world eater, and saved Skyrim.  However... Alduin was not dead. He cannot simply be killed. He is a god after all. But Akatosh was displeased. The world eater had lost his way. Consumed by his own pride and vanity, he had disobeyed Akatosh and acted on his own. But Akatosh could not destroy his beloved firstborn. So as punishment for his actions, Alduin was stripped of his powers, shrunk down, and forced to serve his vanquisher….. In tiny pet form.


Truly the worst possible punishment.”


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This is Baby Alduin.


He is five feet long, has a seven foot wingspan, and weighs less than 2 pounds….ish. Honestly I have not figured out how to weigh him yet.

He is made up of over a thousand individual pattern pieces and is almost entirely hand sewn (I got lazy and used a sewing machine on the wings). The printout alone was 140 pages.

His head, feet, wings, and tail are stuffed with foam and his body is stuffed with, well, stuffing. He has no wires or armature. His face is thread sculpted.


The fabric is a thin black faux microsuede, his eyes are glass cabochons with metallic paint, and his teeth are black craft foam.


This is the second sewing pattern I have ever created. The first was a smaller, simpler version (Odahviing). Unfortunately I didn't know how to sew properly and my knots started coming undone before the plush was finished. Probably should of started with something simpler like a teddy bear, but I didn't want a teddy bear. I wanted a dragon. 


You might of seen me carry him around on my head if you frequent conventions in Utah (Salt lake comic con/FanX) (LTUE) (Fyrecon).

Speaking of conventions, I have actually won a few contests with him.


  • First place in SLC Comic Con Prop contest (2016?)

  • Third place in LA Comic Con Prop contest (2017)

  • People's choice award for 2018 at LTUE


I started working on him around 2013. Off and on for the next two years I would sew while watching TV. The first convention he ever appeared at was 2015 World con in Spokane, Washington. He was actually stuffed in that hotel room. At this point he had no eyes or teeth. The cosplay is me dressed up as a Nightingale. I made it to go along with Alduin, and the best pictures I have of him happen to be with me wearing the cosplay. It was my first time working with leather and I finished it an hour before the convention. A very kind leatherworking vendor at the convention saved me when the rivets started popping out mid convention (dont buy cheap rivets kids). And even though it is very comfortable to wear it visually smooshed my boobs in these pictures.

Rip.


I don't want to make post to long, so here is a FAQ where I go more into some more detail about how he was made, If you can have the pattern, ect.

Photos where taken by a very kind photographer who I sadly lost his card because I waited 4 years to post this. He gave me permission to use them. Send him good karma.


Also; that little white thing is a Sup Guy I made. He is one of the first and I lost him at SLC comic con a few years ago.
 sta.sh/02g0efh7080w
If you happen to have found him, please return my son.
I miss him greatly.

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  • Can I have the pattern??


At this point; No.


It's not that I want to be mean, but the reality is this is a very complex plush with a even more complex pattern. All together the completed plush has over 1000 pieces.


If I gave out the pattern as-is, people would have no idea how to put it together. The printout alone is over 70 pages (assuming you are flipping the pattern, otherwise double that). Heck, I made the pattern AND had the 3d model for reference and I still made mistakes and had to redo parts.


In order to give out the pattern I would have to tweak it and create very detailed instructions.


And before you say “Don't worry, we can figure it out!” you don't understand, none of the pieces are labeled. It's not like a normal pattern, its shapes. The way I make patterns is making a 3d model and UV unwrapping it in flat segments along the seams I place. To make sure they all stay the same size relative to each other I do all the pieces at once (yes, all of them). Then I would use the arrangement of vertices on each flat piece to figure out where it goes on the model, and then use colored pencils on the printout to mark where they connect to each other piece. Currently the pattern looks like this.
48 by DragonsPainter

That's what I mean by ‘tweak’. I need to label, arrange, outline, and number all the pieces. And that's not even the hard part. The Hard part is making the tutorial so these labels and numbers make any sense.


That would take a ton of work (1000 pieces, remember?). In order to justify the shear amount of work I would have to charge for the pattern. And it's not going to be cheap.

And to be honest, I don't think there is enough interest to justify the work. Don’t get me wrong, I get asked all the time if people can have the pattern. But they do not quite comprehend what they are asking.

How many people are willing to drop cash for something that, in all likelihood, they will not finish?


Don't get me wrong, If there is genuine interest I am more then willing to do the work. But what I mean by ‘genuine interest’ is only comment that you want it if you actually want the pattern and would be willing to pay like 100 bucks for it, not just a theoretical want.


But keep in mind anyone attempting to do this pattern has to be insane like me. No sane person would ever attempt this. You have been warned.



  • What would be the theoretical difficulty of this pattern?


If you have time, patience, and know how to hand sew you can do it.


If you are a wizard on a sewing machine like this world has never seen, you can do it faster.



  • 100 bucks?


I’m going to be honest, I have no idea how much I would charge for it. How much would you pay for it?


  • Did you make the 3d model?

Not from scratch. I started with the Alduin model from the game and used it as a base, basically redoing the typology and much of the mesh so I could place the ‘seams’ and make it plush friendly. Side by side both models look pretty close, until you took a closer look.



  • Wait, You walk around with him on your head?


Yup. Funny story behind this one.


I finished sewing him on the drive to attend Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. I actually stuffed him in the hotel room the night before the convention. The next morning I was proudly showing of my new creation by walking around with him. To avoid him touching the ground I held his legs to my neck so he rested on my head but was mostly on my back. After doing this for a while I got the munchies so I handed him to my dad to hold for me while I got some pizza. When I return my dad is just standing there with Alduin balanced on his head.


He thought that's what I had been doing the entire time, and of course my response was “yOU CAN DO THAT?” Turns out he is perfectly balanced if you put his belly on your head. Which means I can easily carry him with me while keeping my hands free. It's quite fun to place him on excited kids heads.


The downside is people literally think he is a hat.


  • Can I commission you to make me one?


Ehhh….. Maybe?

There is no way this plush can be mass produced in any manner. The first one took me 2 years to make start to finish, so we have to be realistic. The real question is are you willing to pay 6000$ for a stuffed animal? If so, hit me up.


  • Can I commission you to make a different Plush?


Sure. I don't really have a price chart but I can give you a ballpark.

Simple plushies like weedle I can get done quickly (2 weeks?) and I would probably charge 200$
Img 20171001 1934552 by DragonsPainter

At conventions I usually charge 20$ for small sup guys, 60$ for the bigger ones. But that is not including shipping.
Cryaotic Sup Guy plush pattern by DragonsPainter

More complex ones will cost more. The tiger would probably be 400-600$ depending on if I had to design new custom printed fabric for the project.
Img 20171207 1523532 by DragonsPainter
I am making a cthulhu plush atm, and that one would probably cost 1000$
Cthuhlurender1 by DragonsPainter
Bigger plushies are easier to do, but take more time. Just keep in mind shipping is expensive (to ship the tiger was like, 150$)

Basically, Ask for a quote. 



  • Can I commission you to make me a pattern?


Heck ya. Making patterns is what I excel at. It would also be a lot cheaper. The main cost for making a plush is putting it together. Sewing takes time, and time is money. (and I am slow at sewing)


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  • Can I have the pattern??


At this point; No.


It's not that I want to be mean, but the reality is this is a very complex plush with a even more complex pattern. All together the completed plush has over 1000 pieces.


If I gave out the pattern as-is, people would have no idea how to put it together. The printout alone is over 70 pages (assuming you are flipping the pattern, otherwise double that). Heck, I made the pattern AND had the 3d model for reference and I still made mistakes and had to redo parts.


In order to give out the pattern I would have to tweak it and create very detailed instructions.


And before you say “Don't worry, we can figure it out!” you don't understand, none of the pieces are labeled. It's not like a normal pattern, its shapes. The way I make patterns is making a 3d model and UV unwrapping it in flat segments along the seams I place. To make sure they all stay the same size relative to each other I do all the pieces at once (yes, all of them). Then I would use the arrangement of vertices on each flat piece to figure out where it goes on the model, and then use colored pencils on the printout to mark where they connect to each other piece. Currently the pattern looks like this.
48 by DragonsPainter

That's what I mean by ‘tweak’. I need to label, arrange, outline, and number all the pieces. And that's not even the hard part. The Hard part is making the tutorial so these labels and numbers make any sense.


That would take a ton of work (1000 pieces, remember?). In order to justify the shear amount of work I would have to charge for the pattern. And it's not going to be cheap.

And to be honest, I don't think there is enough interest to justify the work. Don’t get me wrong, I get asked all the time if people can have the pattern. But they do not quite comprehend what they are asking.

How many people are willing to drop cash for something that, in all likelihood, they will not finish?


Don't get me wrong, If there is genuine interest I am more then willing to do the work. But what I mean by ‘genuine interest’ is only comment that you want it if you actually want the pattern and would be willing to pay like 100 bucks for it, not just a theoretical want.


But keep in mind anyone attempting to do this pattern has to be insane like me. No sane person would ever attempt this. You have been warned.



  • What would be the theoretical difficulty of this pattern?


If you have time, patience, and know how to hand sew you can do it.


If you are a wizard on a sewing machine like this world has never seen, you can do it faster.



  • 100 bucks?


I’m going to be honest, I have no idea how much I would charge for it. How much would you pay for it?


  • Did you make the 3d model?

Not from scratch. I started with the Alduin model from the game and used it as a base, basically redoing the typology and much of the mesh so I could place the ‘seams’ and make it plush friendly. Side by side both models look pretty close, until you took a closer look.



  • Wait, You walk around with him on your head?


Yup. Funny story behind this one.


I finished sewing him on the drive to attend Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. I actually stuffed him in the hotel room the night before the convention. The next morning I was proudly showing of my new creation by walking around with him. To avoid him touching the ground I held his legs to my neck so he rested on my head but was mostly on my back. After doing this for a while I got the munchies so I handed him to my dad to hold for me while I got some pizza. When I return my dad is just standing there with Alduin balanced on his head.


He thought that's what I had been doing the entire time, and of course my response was “yOU CAN DO THAT?” Turns out he is perfectly balanced if you put his belly on your head. Which means I can easily carry him with me while keeping my hands free. It's quite fun to place him on excited kids heads.


The downside is people literally think he is a hat.


  • Can I commission you to make me one?


Ehhh….. Maybe?

There is no way this plush can be mass produced in any manner. The first one took me 2 years to make start to finish, so we have to be realistic. The real question is are you willing to pay 6000$ for a stuffed animal? If so, hit me up.


  • Can I commission you to make a different Plush?


Sure. I don't really have a price chart but I can give you a ballpark.

Simple plushies like weedle I can get done quickly (2 weeks?) and I would probably charge 200$
Img 20171001 1934552 by DragonsPainter

At conventions I usually charge 20$ for small sup guys, 60$ for the bigger ones. But that is not including shipping.
Cryaotic Sup Guy plush pattern by DragonsPainter

More complex ones will cost more. The tiger would probably be 400-600$ depending on if I had to design new custom printed fabric for the project.
Img 20171207 1523532 by DragonsPainter
I am making a cthulhu plush atm, and that one would probably cost 1000$
Cthuhlurender1 by DragonsPainter
Bigger plushies are easier to do, but take more time. Just keep in mind shipping is expensive (to ship the tiger was like, 150$)

Basically, Ask for a quote. 



  • Can I commission you to make me a pattern?


Heck ya. Making patterns is what I excel at. It would also be a lot cheaper. The main cost for making a plush is putting it together. Sewing takes time, and time is money. (and I am slow at sewing)


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Popman71 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2019  Student Artist
Hey Dragon.  Wanted to wish you another Happy Birthday!  Hope all is well!  ^^
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
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Popman71 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Student Artist
Another Happy Birthday to you Dragon!  Have an awesome one!  :D
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Popman71 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Student Artist
Happy Birthday Dragon!  If you're still around, I truly wish you have a wonderful time!
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MiningForDegus Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Awesome art! I love it all ^^
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draqoran Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
rad art !!

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EnderJG Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
you've got some nice artwork. keep up the good work :)
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ShatterTheHearts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!! ^^ 
Hope ya have a wonderful day today!! 
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PrinceCalil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!~
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YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED!! Huggle huggle <3
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3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
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10-& Up you're loved =7=
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