Well thanks to my friend Sage for alerting me to this magnificent design!
Andre Nolle has done it again!
This took a while to make let me tell you,lol. It took me longer because I was too afraid to string the feathers tightly like Andre demonstrates in his tutorial, I then realized they were just way too loose, and THEN I went back and carefully tightened them which was nerve-wracking but I totally got over my fear of stringing them tightly,lol.
I still was not able to properly tighten them as I should have and gotten them to curve as Andre’s did, but I just was not going to restring the feather sections again,lol. They were a lot tighter than they were before though and it still looked pretty dang cool,lol.
I did not like how Andre did the eyes and so did mine totally differently. I did the eyes by taking a small black balloon and making a tulip twist with it in a white 260, you tie the black balloon together with the white balloon. To get an idea of how to do that, look at Yonaimy’s Baby Mickey Parody instructional video that I will list below. How she does the nose is how I did the eyes.
I also didn’t want to use my precious stock of 160’s for the tail and instead used 5 260’s for it. I am on a budget and can only buy so much at a time,lol.
I glue dotted the black feathers to make it nice and streamlined and cleaner.
I have some ideas for experiments for the tail that I will try next time. I also think I should maybe make the neck shorter.
Man this design even makes you squeal when you make it!
Andre, you are wonderful! I have been wanting to do a serious wing design! Bravo Andre!!
I would love to adapt this and turn it into a bald eagle, which I intend to, really color change is the only thing you need. I do have an idea of how I would do the head feathers differently for an eagle though. I am thinking something like Holly Hopper’s rooster feathers for the rooster’s butt would look great. I will have to experiment and find out.
This was my first time using 350’s. I was so excited!
Here is a link to Andre’s tutorial=
Here is a link to Yonaimy’s Mickey parody where you can get an idea of how I did the eyes.
Below is my replication of Andre’s Phoenix design.
(FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂