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Oh Deer - A Sneak Peak

This has been a "work in progress" for a couple of months now. There has to come a point where I realize that it's not a work in progress so much as a work in process. I love this deer. And then sometimes, it's all wrong. I think I've finally put my finger on what's going on here.

Unlike my Plumpies, his cuteness comes not from the representation of an animal through it's defining characteristics (aka: tusks or mane or round eyes or distinct coloration)...but through how realistic and small he is. This poses a problem because, also unlike the Plumpies, I am paying a great deal of attention to making this deer look as lifelike as possible. Which is really, really hard. So sometimes I love it and sometimes I think "UGH, I'm over my head!"

He's really cute though. I love seeing him sleeping on my Works in Progress shelf. Sometimes he looks so real (especially from behind) that I pretend how amazing it would be to have a real, living, tiny deer in my art studio. It totally tickles my inner child. I'm going to keep working on him, but I wanted to share the progress pictures and lay my heart out on the table.
Thoughts on his cuteness/lack of cuteness? Suggestions to make him just right?


  1. He is truly beautiful! And very very realistic. I really love your sleeping creatures! They just convey a very relaxing feeling...and so innocent :) I also adore your "Weebly Walrus"!

  2. Wow. This is so beautiful. I tend to like this true-to-life look - or at least the magical representation of it. Here is a link to another felt artist I think you would like:

  3. hi!!! it is sooo wierd... i just finished my new-born fawn. looks like yours! i just began 2 months ago and usually i do not do crafts but i am hooked now.
    drozdadreams on etsy


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