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Octavia Woodwork by xofox Octavia Woodwork by xofox
Ladies and gentlemen, performing for you tonight is a pony, undoubtedly the most famous of all pony cellists. This is Miss Octavia, in a custom piece for :iconesiewertjr:. (Did that sound classy enough?)

Octavia is done in walnut, a nice gray wood that's close enough to her natural coat to work for me. It's also one of my favorite woods to work because it handles fabulously with my tools and is nice and solid. I had quite a bit of trouble positioning her arms, or forelegs, or whatever, but in the end I'm pretty satisfied. I really didn't want to do a real fabric collar and bowtie; my sewing skills not being up to much, especially not that small, so this time I just embossed them and painted them. I think it's what I'll do for an upcoming Fluttershy in gala wear, so it's good practice.
Her mane was a special trial for me. It's one of the played-on points of her fanon character: she's fastidious about her appearance. I very seriously considered ordering in some ebony and trying to make some solid hair, but I'm feeling a bit strapped for time right now, so I went with old and familiar. I think it turned out all right, given the hairstyle. A bit Hitler-y, but not so much that it's the first thing to jump to mind. Anyway I have a lot of Luna's coming up (3 or 4 I think) and ebony is expensive, so I'm hoarding mine right now. =P
The cello was...interesting. Not my favorite prop by a long way, but it turned out ok I suppose. No one will ever call me Stradivarius, that's for certain, but it is beautifully unique in it's own way; shaped and cut and curved specifically to fit a solid figurines body and still be removable. It also gave me an insight into the aging process of my woods. I've only been working wood for about two years now, so I haven't had time to watch any of my wood age, but the cello, I'm given to believe, is made entirely from bloodwood. The body is made from a new plank, part of the same wood that made Big Mac, while the neck and the base are made from a piece of aged bloodwood, I'm told five or six years old. I never realized it would get that dark, just that it would get darker. Makes you wonder what all of these pieces will look like in a few years. :)

Feel like seeing more pictures of Octavia? Then please check out her expanded gallery over at My Little Woodcraft.

Octavia and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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:iconlamarija:
LaMarija Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm absolutely lovin' it ;)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you do :)
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Freakin adorable with that pink bowtie, I wish this was in the contest.
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Kyt-Xune Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is really cool. I love it, and it fits Octavia so well. It's very clean, very smooth, and all-around has a very classy feel.
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xofox Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :D She was a lot of fun to work on.
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Key-Feathers Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Man I just adore your wood work, so lovely :D
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! :hug:
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Lukjad Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
That...is simply amazing and beautiful.

*chokes up*
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well I don't know about that good, but I'm glad you like her. She was a lot of fun. :)
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01xander Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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kaminer4545 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
inB4 EQD

AWESOME work btw
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, what about EqD? I've been out of the loop this week...

And thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconkaminer4545:
kaminer4545 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I thought this would be on Equestria Daily.... maybe I missed it... It's really good work though
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China-China Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is indeed amazing.... i just wana commission you right now!!! please say you do commissions >_<
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! That really means a lot.
I'm afraid i've bitten off more than i can chew lately so I've had to close commissions for now, but I do love taking commissions so if you check back in a couple of months I'm sure we can take it from there!
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China-China Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
huzzah it seems that you have came back from your vacation i hope you enjoy it!

and yea i guess i have you wait! but do you mind showing your rates so i can prepare?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost! Im hanging out inDFW waiting for a delayed final hop home, and thank you the trip was fantastic!
And i sure can share rates, mind if i drop you a note?
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China-China Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely thanks!
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arkindal Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
This one is incredibly awesome Xofox :)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks man!
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FluxPerpetua Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about the cello, it looks amazing! :D

You've only been working wood for two years? Holy pony, your good at it!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks.
Well I've had a lot of great people around since I was a kid. My dad was always whittling and giving us brothers carving knives or carved walking sticks and telling us to add our own symbols. Still, hopefully I'll be a lot better in another few years; I'd love to carve like some of these fabulous deviantart woodworkers.
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FluxPerpetua Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the beauty of deviantART. You can learn and compare with others of the same genre, and build upon your style more than you ever could otherwise. :)

Keep up the good work!
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eskimogeorge Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Holy shit thats amazing! The cello turned out awesomely - don't be too hard on yourself haha.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks. People keep saying that-I guess I just lament my lack of time, because I'm sure I could do better. :D
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! You've outdone yourself. Other than those six words I really can't think of words that can do this justice! I can't wait to put her on my desk! <3
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; she was great fun to work on! I'm sure she'll be delighted to chill on your desk. :D
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, and the photography is brilliant! The angles make the pose seem so regal, and the sheet music really bring it home. Your choice in sheet music is good too, I like the lyrics I saw. :D
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
This is amazing, really awesome work. Octavia in her music playing pose is really great and the detail is just too good for words, the cello is really detailed. One of your best works ever!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thank you; that means a lot. I worried over the pose a lot. I'm glad it turned out satisfactorily.
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GoWaterTribe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! :D
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:iconthatrevmans:
thatrevmans Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want this. I want this now. this is honestly one of the most amazing things every in the face of eternity.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
Aw, thank you! That's really nice of you to say.
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:iconthatrevmans:
thatrevmans Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really though, how much for a piece like this?
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you know me and money. Never really cared much for it myself, as long as I don't actually starve. (even then there are rumors... ;)) If you'd like one I'm sure that I'd be open to a reminder once I reopen commissions in a couple months. I wouldn't mind trying my hand at improving a second design.
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds awesome. SO is there pricing or do i just make an offer when commisions are open?
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting question. I am with great sadness considering posting some fixed prices for future stuff dependent on how far into debt grad school drives me, but we'll see where life takes us. For now, prices are all quite case-by-case. :)
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
alright then
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bizibit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha this is awesome. I do love me some Octavia and I think you captured her perfectly. I also think that you're too critical of your own work. Her hair looks fine. I like it as embroidery floss over wood. I think wood just wouldn't look as nice. I love the cello, but I especially love how you carved Octavia's front hooves to hold the cello and bow. It looks really fluid and not awkward at all. Really fantastic job :iconimhappyplz:
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=P
Oh, I suppose I do love to nitpick at my stuff. I just always see the bits that I feel could have been done better with more careful cutting or with more patient shaping. But I'm glad you like it; that means a lot to me. :D
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bizibit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Psssssh. You're crazy. Your stuff was always fantastic and it just keeps getting better and better!
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frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Possibly your best wok so far. The pose looks natural and the details on the cello and bowtie make it a really pop. Mind if I take some aspects of this for use in my own Octavia sculpt?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you; that really means a bunch. I'm glad the bowtie turned out well; it gives me hope for the clothed Fluttershy. :D
By all means, use the pose as a model; it's really just an amalgamation of: this, this, this, and this.
I can't wait to see your sculpt! Let me know when you finish, k?
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow... this is one of your most impressive pieces yet. I love the accompanying cello. :)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Akuri-Fennec Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
STANDING PONY OMG!! XD I love how you use sheetmusic as background, INCREDIBLE and ASTOUNDING as always!!!
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha; I'm actually a bit disappointed. All I could find was some old Christmas music (that's the Hallelujah Chorus in the background) from some Christmas program or other. I was looking for my copy of Berlioz' Requiem, my favorite piece of its kind, but I seem to have left all my sheet music in Illinois. :|
But thank you! I'm glad you like her. :D
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Akuri-Fennec Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student General Artist
^^; but its creative nonetheless~

sorry about that.. :/
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