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Coco the Felted Feline by nikkiburr Coco the Felted Feline by nikkiburr
Good grief this one took long enough. I've been long overdue (we're talking years here) for making a decent piece of artwork for my dad and for Christmas I promised him a felted something was coming his way in the near future. This is that something :)

The cat herself is Coco, my family's cat who we got as a kitten when I was in 2rd grade. Coco passed away recently and as my dad especially had a fondness for her, I felt it was an appropriate gift.

I'm not 100% happy with it...there are little things that are anatomically off and they glare at me horribly, little things that are slightly the wrong size or the wrong shape. But honestly I could probably sit and work on this thing forever and never be totally satisfied with it, so I decided to call it done for now.

I couldn't tell you where every bit of fiber in her comes from...but I know there's alpaca, sheep and llama all involved somehow. She's felted pretty densely so is quite solid.

Oh and also I finally put in the effort to time myself on this one: 45.63 hours. Yeesh.

More views of her here: [link]
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TahniMarie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Tammysoul Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheThingsILike Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks purfect, get it purr! If you could do a gray tabby kitten that would be awesome! My kitten is a gray tabby!
SweetFoxkit Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
alpaca is another word for llama
MooyongRocks Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
i thought this was a real cat
Twilightberry Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
That's really good ;o
Feltiriums Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
oohh is like my cat! :D
DragonForge311088 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks incredibly life like, u should b proud of it! :)
VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I seriously thought this was a photo until i stared at it for a min!!!
joyrascal Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Erck73 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
I also thought it was real! Very nice work!
Otterwhiskers Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Absolutely stunning - I thought the thumbnail photo in the deviantart search was of a real cat, it's so lifelike! You father must have been so touched to have received such a beautiful gift.
sighthounds Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
You stole my cat!!! :)

-- I stopped fighting my inner demons.
--We're on the same side now--
JillyKaren Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
This is incredible! She's absolutely lovely.
french-mermaid Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010   Photographer
wow!it looks so real! great work! :)
vikingsoprano Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Beautiful. I honestly thought this was a real cat and almost passed it by. What a wonderful tribute!
KIARAsART Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am stunned. And I have to ask, so this starts with loose fibers (wool etc.) and you can turn it into a very detailed form? Especially the eyes, woah! How is it possible to pinpoint fibers down, so they have such sharp edges. Really amazing craft!
cricket00fur Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am beyond amazed at the amount of detail/realism here, and i totally believe the number of hours put into her! I felted a tiny manatee (not even 2 inches), and it look almost 4 hours!
bierer425felting Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
wow needle felting.made a cat myself took a yar patricia
kaliko-rosa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
That's amazing, your work is incredible!!
Rhissanna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Your stuff is amazing!
doinitza Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
that is just amazing :)
shailyn2005 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks so real lol
Beryl-Thanh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
thought it was real! now i worship you ^^
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
How are you so good at this?? Even with the slight anatomical errors here and there or whatever, you still managed to get so much right and that gaze!! :O Honestly, I (like many others) initially thought this was a real cat from the thumbnail. Your felted critters are pure enjoyment. :love:
LittleCatsFeet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
This is simply amazing - I thought it was a photograph of a real cat!

What did you use for the eyes and paw pads? The lines are so clean - are they fiber as well?
nikkiburr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Yep, everything is fiber all the way through. The eyes and pads are both sheep wool while the body itself is llama and some unknown fiber mill leftovers for the core. Thank you!
nimuae Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student General Artist
That's great! :)
hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Very realistic looking kitty! :D I like the pattern in her fur. :heart:
SamzSanz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As a fellow needlefelter, I salute you with all due enthusiasm and respect. This is an absolutely amazing piece. As an artist, I'm sure you'll always see something you don't like or that you feel like you could "fix" or this or that. However, from the bystander's perspective (and in your case even if the bystander is a fellow in the craft), this is absolutely impressive.
Rikkanna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! This is just awesome! What beautiful work. :)
alexxSPASTIC Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! When I saw the small image I actually thought it was a photo of a real cat. I followed the link and saw some of the others as well, and they are all very cute, I hope you are making more, they turned out really well! =)
Myscal Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely gorgeous! And when it came up in my DevWatch I assumed you had posted a picture of a real cat! And then I read the title!
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Whooooaaaa. I thought this was a photograph of a real cat when I clicked on the thumbnail.45 hours? You must have the patience of a saint. ;)
TeknicolorTiger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is beyond amazing! I thought for sure that it was a photo of a live animal! The detail in your itty bitty felt animals is just astounding! I took a look at the other pictures you have of her and I was impressed to see that you even included her paw pads! The eyes are just mesmerizing and were what mostly made me think it was a real cat when I clicked on the thumbnail. Do you take commissions? Not that I have money right now. :(
nikkiburr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I am indeed planning on taking commissions, though I have not done any as of yet. I haven't figured out how to price these kinds of things. Thanks for the comment :)
day-2-day Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Surely you could do better than that!

Naw, just kidding.

This needle felting skill you've developed is very impressive, though I honestly can say I have not seen that many to be an accurate judge of such craftsmanship. However, take the praise for what is worth, even if it may be an awe-stricken gaze from a simpleton like me.

Many artists usually identify parts about a piece of work he/she has made to have something lacking, or have some aspect that could be further refined. But I hope that does not stop you from continuing to create, and of course making "executive decisions" that allow you to move forward. ^_^

As for a critique, from what I have seen on the site link you provided, your felt equivalent to Coco is a fairly good representation of her character (well, not that I have had any direct contact with Coco, since cats seem to just sit there and stare...). The feline anatomy escapes me, so if you were going for precision, then I could see how Coco is a little more rotund than the way you portrayed her. Other than that, you masterfully captured her piercing stare and characteristic fur patterns.

And I have to say, what makes any work of art special is that it was made with a purpose. I am happy that you made this sweet girl into a physical memory that embodies the fondness your dad had for Coco. My condolences to your father.

You are guaranteed an appreciated viewer for portraying art in its most basic appeal: conveying emotion. Keep up the great work and I hope to see more from you!
nikkiburr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Haha thanks for the comment :) I do appreciate it. I had a hard time because I didn't have any ref pictures of her in the pose I wanted to put her in... but the reason I made her less 'round' is because she really was a super lanky tiny, tiny cat. Her fur got thick sometimes and made her look larger than she was, but I made her look a little more like she does in the summer I think.

But yeah, the anatomy is no where near perfect and every time I look at it my brain starts ticking off things that need to be tweaked to make it better, but I really think I need to just leave it for now and go on to do other things. Being too much of a perfectionist is a little problematic sometimes. *sigh*

Thanks again for taking the time to write such a nice comment!
day-2-day Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, well that is usually the artists in all of us... although the perfectionism sure is not helping you much in the production department, is it? ^_^

But, I am glad to hear Coco was well taken care for and loved. Pets these days who have neglectful owners often see problems associated with being overweight. Kudos to your family (which is more than I can say about your trials in anatomy ^_^;)

Happy to help and peace of mind be with you!
roadkillonroute3 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
wow!!!! i thought this was a photograph!!! amazing
CinnamoonAkia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy jeez! I thought this was a photo at first! Awesome job with this!
Dragonwolf9124 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I really like first I thought it was a photo because it is that good.
pokeinuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow o_____O That's WONDERFUL, Nikki! I love the details put into it! I'm sure your father is gonna love it <33
Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nicely done! It is a wonderful gift for your father.
Beollain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
he's adorable! i thought he was real in the thumbnail!
BeauArrow Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010   General Artist
This is so cool, I never knew about felting until recently. What is it, exactly? :)
elektroyu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is beyond awesome! I also thought it was a real cat from the preview and that doesn't happen to me too often.
It's a really nice gift, I'm sure your dad will love it! :3
terceleto Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing, you did a wonderful job with the tortoiseshell pattern. I, too, thought it was a photo of a cat at first! Great work!
AkashaOokami Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Wow! I thought this was a picture of a real cat at first! Amazing job on the details and the coloration is beautiful!^^
Taekel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that's just, stunning.
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Mar 7, 2010, 12:04:31 PM