Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Horned Lizard aka Horny Toad


As a kid in New Mexico,  my brother and I would occasionally find Horned lizards, but we always called them Horny toads.   Even though they have spikes all over they have really soft bellies and you can still pet their spikes.  I always thought they were super cute and sweet,  so why not make a soft plush version.

When I was starting with my sketches,  I had a hard time visualizing all the parts together so I quickly made a clay sculpt to help me work out the shapes for the pattern.



This is a much more complex project then I usually take on,  mostly due to the spike details,  but I'm very excited about how it came out.  I do plan on making some in more realistic brown tones,  but I couldn't wait for that fabric shipment to arrive so I went with a bold pattern of red, black and white.  This one is the Darth Maul of horned lizards.

Horned Lizard Plush

Horned Lizard Plush

My favorite horned lizard factoid is that they shoot blood out of their eyes to deter predators.

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