Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Varied / Professional JRose42/Female/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 15 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 228 Deviations 906 Comments 68,040 Pageviews
×

Newest Deviations

A Whole Other Cat by Jodee A Whole Other Cat :iconjodee:Jodee 77 24 Cosmic Waves by Jodee Cosmic Waves :iconjodee:Jodee 12 7 What a cute fish! by Jodee What a cute fish! :iconjodee:Jodee 10 2 Coloring Page Pinup- Sarah Anne- Tonsablush by Jodee Coloring Page Pinup- Sarah Anne- Tonsablush :iconjodee:Jodee 9 0 Coloring Page Pinup- Cora - Vintage or Tacky by Jodee Coloring Page Pinup- Cora - Vintage or Tacky :iconjodee:Jodee 8 1 Witch Hunter with Cave Wall by Jodee Witch Hunter with Cave Wall :iconjodee:Jodee 11 9 Felted Mermaid by Jodee Felted Mermaid :iconjodee:Jodee 5 3 Gabby Sidibe by Jodee Gabby Sidibe :iconjodee:Jodee 6 3 Iguana by Jodee Iguana :iconjodee:Jodee 8 1 Needle Felted Barn Owl by Jodee Needle Felted Barn Owl :iconjodee:Jodee 12 1 You Will Know My Name Is The Lord by Jodee You Will Know My Name Is The Lord :iconjodee:Jodee 21 3 Tard the Grumpy Cat by Jodee Tard the Grumpy Cat :iconjodee:Jodee 17 1 American Horror Story:Chibi Asylum by Jodee American Horror Story:Chibi Asylum :iconjodee:Jodee 186 33 Ollie by Jodee Ollie :iconjodee:Jodee 4 4 Shaun of the Dead with Peeps by Jodee Shaun of the Dead with Peeps :iconjodee:Jodee 4 2 Data by Jodee Data :iconjodee:Jodee 9 3

Random Favourites

Enchanted forest 5 by CathleenTarawhiti Enchanted forest 5 :iconcathleentarawhiti:CathleenTarawhiti 774 140 forest stock by Traumsturm forest stock :icontraumsturm:Traumsturm 423 77 Enchanted Forest by CathleenTarawhiti Enchanted Forest :iconcathleentarawhiti:CathleenTarawhiti 811 349 Misty Forest Stock Package by Burtn Misty Forest Stock Package :iconburtn:Burtn 1,301 103 Forest by Kiwiaa-Stock Forest :iconkiwiaa-stock:Kiwiaa-Stock 575 206 Forest by brenbren Forest :iconbrenbren:brenbren 617 104 Grand Canyon View by Integritydesign Grand Canyon View :iconintegritydesign:Integritydesign 7 2 Free - Fruit OL by Gormstar Free - Fruit OL :icongormstar:Gormstar 46 1 martini by januarystock by januarystock martini by januarystock :iconjanuarystock:januarystock 83 35 Dots and Screentones - Print by screentones Dots and Screentones - Print :iconscreentones:screentones 1,451 129 #14 Textures Pack - Black and White by Evey-V #14 Textures Pack - Black and White :iconevey-v:Evey-V 372 40 Cougar Stock 1 by HOTNStock Cougar Stock 1 :iconhotnstock:HOTNStock 61 3 Companion Cube Corner by DarkeVitrum Companion Cube Corner :icondarkevitrum:DarkeVitrum 119 12 Tennantcard by cocokat Tennantcard :iconcocokat:cocokat 184 20 008 by ziprose 008 :iconziprose:ziprose 1 0 023 by ziprose 023 :iconziprose:ziprose 1 0

Activity


Oh my flippin' G! I won!
So cool to get second place in the Unconventional Art contest! Thank you for checking out my art, if you are here from there. Sorry about all the boobs. heh.
Whew hew! Made it into the Semi-Finals for the Ripley's Believe it or Not contest!
Congrats to everyone else who won. Please cross your fingers that I make it into the top 3.
The moment I saw this contest here on Deviant Art, I was pretty sure I wanted to felt something, but I didn't know what. And then, it got really hot and my cat was really miserable, so as I have to do, I held his little furry butt down and sheared some fur off his side to make him more comfortable. As I gathered together the cat-sized lump of extra fur and commented to my partner for the nth time, "we could make a whole other cat out of all this hair," it hit me... I'll make a whole other cat.
I had seen a video of an artist who makes cat sculptures and wondered if I could do it, so I set out to make my own felted version of my own cat.
Stevie by Jodee
Señor Stevie Nicks

I started by using white sheep's wool, core roving to sculpt his face. And since I'm disabled, a lot of this was done in my bed, where I do most of my artwork.

20180804 235339 by Jodee

20180805 003611 by Jodee

The next step was to sculpt his nose, so I pulled out an old box of fimo modeling clay and some nail art tools and sculpted a close approximation of his nose. I made a loop of metal, as a fastener, and inserted it in the back of the nose so I would be able to sew it on when I was ready. When it was set, after a short baking period, I painted the nose using acrylic paints and then sewed it to the head sculpt.

20180810 164242 by Jodee

20180811 001120 by Jodee





Once I got the shape right, the nose was attached and I'd added a little definition to his mouth with black wool, I moved to wet felting his ears. For that, I laid down grey wool and pink mohair in layers on top of bubble wrap, covered it with a mesh fabric, and rubbed hot soapy water into the wool. After rolling it and squeezing it for a while, it turns into felt, which I then cut in half and formed into ears while it was still wet. Felt will hold whatever shape it is put in while wet (which is how felt hats are made), so I pinned the ears to the head and let it dry overnight.

20180812 001203 by Jodee



Once I had the ears attached, by felting them in place (again, felting is a process of poking wooly material with specialized barbed needles, which tangles the fibers and creates a solid mass), I added details, like the cat furnishings, which I learned is the technical term for the white hairs in kitty ears, using white fur from Stevie's belly. I also started placing sections of hair on his forehead, which is done little by little, using short pieces of fur, which are laid down, punched in and then trimmed to the right length.
I also traced some of his markings onto the wool with a purple pen (or tried to) so I could get his markings in the right place.

20180812 180643 by Jodee

While waiting for his eyes to arrive from Spokane, WA, I worked on laying more of his fur, again, piece by piece, punching in bits, and trimming as needed. This is where he started to look like a real cat.


20180814 201949 by Jodee


From some angles at least!

20180814 202014 by Jodee

I continued to work, avoiding his eye area, for the next couple days, laying in more fur slowly but surely.

20180815 152805 by Jodee

And finally, the eyes arrived, so I could sew them in and get to finishing my boy.

20180816 190319 by Jodee

Which he was very surprised about, by the looks of him. LOL

But with eyelids added, and more fur added, he really came together quickly.

20180816 192724 by Jodee

20180817 190625 by Jodee

20180817 190641 by Jodee

Once the cat was done, I decided that he needed a chest tuft to balance the composition, so I started with some more core wool, added some grey mohair, and then, with a few more snips of his hair, to get the right color, I stabbed a small chest tuft together, and sewed a bowtie on to add some extra flair.

And the last step to complete the look, I added whiskers, using a simple sewing needle, threaded with the bow hair to pull through his snout. Once it was through and trimmed to my liking, I used small amounts of white glue on tweezers to anchor them in place. The smaller eyebrow whiskers are simply inserted into the wool by hand.

Then came the utter pain of upholstering a hand cut oval (cut three times because... cutting is hard) with corduroy. And repainting his poor stabbed nose where bits had come off while I worked. And finally, gluing down the edging, because you can't make a perfect curve with foam and corduroy, or at least I can't. And attaching the cat to the backing and the backing to the pine plaque.

I couldn't bear to hot glue the cat to the backing so he is held on with pins which can be adjusted as needed.



Done by Jodee

And voila, 11 days later, and at least 22 hours in, a felt cat bust, ready to show, and hopefully, win!



A Whole Other Cat
This is a needle felted portrait bust of my cat Señor Stevie Nicks. He is part Maine Coon cat, so I have to shave him every summer so he doesn't overheat. It's a LOT of fur, and I always remark that we could make a whole other cat out of the fur we remove, so that is exactly what I did for this contest. 


This sculpture has a base sculpt made of sheep's wool, shaped with repeated puncturing with specialized barbed needles and it is topped with genuine cat fur, meticulously placed, section by section to create his unique fur pattern. His ears are wet felted using sheep's wool and mohair, which is a soft silky goat's wool.


I sculpted his nose from fimo clay, mounted it on a metal loop before curing it, painted it and it is sewn onto the base sculpture. He has glass eyes provided by Megan's Beaded Designs on Etsy which are similarly sewn in and felted around to create a realistic look. As a finishing touch, his whiskers are made from repurposed violin bow hair (aka horse hair) salvaged by my orchestra director friend, Shari.


He is mounted, specimen style, on an oval of upholstered red corduroy, edged with a cream colored braid, on a pine plaque. And of course, is finished with an adorable black bowtie with white polka dots, because every cat looks more debonaire when wearing a tie.

The entire piece took 22 hours to complete.
This journal entry details the steps to create the piece, with progress photos. www.deviantart.com/jodee/journ…
Loading...

deviantID

Jodee's Profile Picture
Jodee
JRose
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I'm a disabled artist specializing in fat positive art, portraiture, and fiddly whimsical stuff. Much of my art is done digitally, with the most current version of Corel Painter, a Wacom tablet and 27 years of experience. I also enjoy working in watercolor, pencil, and sculpture, using fiber and clay.
I'm also a writer with experience blogging, and I've written 2 and a half novels, currently, though none of them have been published.
Interests
The moment I saw this contest here on Deviant Art, I was pretty sure I wanted to felt something, but I didn't know what. And then, it got really hot and my cat was really miserable, so as I have to do, I held his little furry butt down and sheared some fur off his side to make him more comfortable. As I gathered together the cat-sized lump of extra fur and commented to my partner for the nth time, "we could make a whole other cat out of all this hair," it hit me... I'll make a whole other cat.
I had seen a video of an artist who makes cat sculptures and wondered if I could do it, so I set out to make my own felted version of my own cat.
Stevie by Jodee
Señor Stevie Nicks

I started by using white sheep's wool, core roving to sculpt his face. And since I'm disabled, a lot of this was done in my bed, where I do most of my artwork.

20180804 235339 by Jodee

20180805 003611 by Jodee

The next step was to sculpt his nose, so I pulled out an old box of fimo modeling clay and some nail art tools and sculpted a close approximation of his nose. I made a loop of metal, as a fastener, and inserted it in the back of the nose so I would be able to sew it on when I was ready. When it was set, after a short baking period, I painted the nose using acrylic paints and then sewed it to the head sculpt.

20180810 164242 by Jodee

20180811 001120 by Jodee





Once I got the shape right, the nose was attached and I'd added a little definition to his mouth with black wool, I moved to wet felting his ears. For that, I laid down grey wool and pink mohair in layers on top of bubble wrap, covered it with a mesh fabric, and rubbed hot soapy water into the wool. After rolling it and squeezing it for a while, it turns into felt, which I then cut in half and formed into ears while it was still wet. Felt will hold whatever shape it is put in while wet (which is how felt hats are made), so I pinned the ears to the head and let it dry overnight.

20180812 001203 by Jodee



Once I had the ears attached, by felting them in place (again, felting is a process of poking wooly material with specialized barbed needles, which tangles the fibers and creates a solid mass), I added details, like the cat furnishings, which I learned is the technical term for the white hairs in kitty ears, using white fur from Stevie's belly. I also started placing sections of hair on his forehead, which is done little by little, using short pieces of fur, which are laid down, punched in and then trimmed to the right length.
I also traced some of his markings onto the wool with a purple pen (or tried to) so I could get his markings in the right place.

20180812 180643 by Jodee

While waiting for his eyes to arrive from Spokane, WA, I worked on laying more of his fur, again, piece by piece, punching in bits, and trimming as needed. This is where he started to look like a real cat.


20180814 201949 by Jodee


From some angles at least!

20180814 202014 by Jodee

I continued to work, avoiding his eye area, for the next couple days, laying in more fur slowly but surely.

20180815 152805 by Jodee

And finally, the eyes arrived, so I could sew them in and get to finishing my boy.

20180816 190319 by Jodee

Which he was very surprised about, by the looks of him. LOL

But with eyelids added, and more fur added, he really came together quickly.

20180816 192724 by Jodee

20180817 190625 by Jodee

20180817 190641 by Jodee

Once the cat was done, I decided that he needed a chest tuft to balance the composition, so I started with some more core wool, added some grey mohair, and then, with a few more snips of his hair, to get the right color, I stabbed a small chest tuft together, and sewed a bowtie on to add some extra flair.

And the last step to complete the look, I added whiskers, using a simple sewing needle, threaded with the bow hair to pull through his snout. Once it was through and trimmed to my liking, I used small amounts of white glue on tweezers to anchor them in place. The smaller eyebrow whiskers are simply inserted into the wool by hand.

Then came the utter pain of upholstering a hand cut oval (cut three times because... cutting is hard) with corduroy. And repainting his poor stabbed nose where bits had come off while I worked. And finally, gluing down the edging, because you can't make a perfect curve with foam and corduroy, or at least I can't. And attaching the cat to the backing and the backing to the pine plaque.

I couldn't bear to hot glue the cat to the backing so he is held on with pins which can be adjusted as needed.



Done by Jodee

And voila, 11 days later, and at least 22 hours in, a felt cat bust, ready to show, and hopefully, win!



Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconstuffedbellylover:
stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018

Merry Christmas Jodee!

 

All the best,

 

Chris

Reply
:iconmartin4991:
martin4991 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Happy birthday.
Reply
:iconjodee:
Jodee Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Reply
:iconmartin4991:
martin4991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
You're welcome. Congratulations on being selected on some contest.
Reply
:iconstuffedbellylover:
stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
Happy Birthday Jodee!

All the best,

Chris
Reply
:iconjodee:
Jodee Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Chris!
Reply
:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAVE A GREAT BIRTHDAY ! :party:


WISHING YOU A LOVELY DAY! Birthday smileys 2 by poisen2014

Happy Birthday my friend! by TheGalleryOfEve:iconhappybirthday2you: Cake for your BDay by KmyGraphic
Reply
:iconjodee:
Jodee Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! =D
Reply
:iconingeline-art:
ingeline-art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the Llama - Llama...an important part of life 
that makes me soo happy!!!!
Ingeline-art cologne ;-) (Wink)))blue butterfly [F2U] blue butterfly [F2U] blue butterfly [F2U]
Ingeline in her garden by ingeline-art
Reply
:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Student Writer
Gratz on 2nd place in the contest!
Reply
Add a Comment: