First, I would like to state that these Panda were NOT created using a needle-felt technique, as there seems to be some confusion among a some individuals sharing and describing my artwork to this category >grin<
Truth is, I just don't do needles, for obvious reasons (ouch!).
I basically sculpt the underlying form using a heat-cured polymer clay called BeeSputty, which is built over a static wire & foil armature. After curing, I will paint the sculpture and apply a coat of natural fibers (layer by over-lapping layer) using tweezers & craft glue. Lastly, the applied "furry" coat is shaped and texturized using scissors (and a few extra "trade secrets" I won't divulge). After clipping, the coat is meticulously picked clean of any stray hairs or bits before sealing it with a non-yellowing artist fixative.
*this sculpt was a commission and has sold*
I'm pretty sure that this will be my first and last panda sculpture.
It's not the sculpture that I do not wish to do again, but the application of the black & white fiber (and clean up of tiny bits of black hairs that get into the white hair and vice versa). It can sometimes take an entire day to pick out those specs with masking take and tweezers.
I had never heard of the Quinling panda before, so looked it up. It has such an unusual brown coat color. To recreate it in miniature, one would have to hand-dye the fiber to attempt to match it.
Thank you! Whenever I sculpt an animal which will have a furry fiber coat added, it helps to see a photo of what the creature looks like without hair. Luckily, I was able to find 2 photos of hairless panda as reference!