Today, I feature one of my most recognized pieces on the internet, the giant gyarados! I made a shiny one back in 2014, and then I made a regular one in 2015. I featured it on my tumblr way back when, and I’m impressed that I can find it on google. This week, I made a tiny version!
I made the shiny gyarados for a commission back when I just finished university. I had so much time to dedicate into making each part, it was as if time was an unlimited resource; never mind the ongoing pressure to look for a job. All those hours of counting and turning over were worth it to me at the time.
Gyarados’s design took so long to wrap my head around; the way its nostrils and mouth sit on the face were a huge challenge to translate into a nice side profile. I am obsessed with getting all the angles right, so I couldn’t let it go.
Luckily pokemon x and y came out, so I was able to rotate the face in every which way I needed. After many attempts at drawing its face, I finally got comfortable and began sketching the layout for the pattern.
The layout went as such: top face, combined with bottom jaw, creating an elbow-like neck base, to attach the two-toned multi- segmented body.
Details included the mouth and tongue, teeth, lips, eyes and horns, whiskers, neck piece, fins, and beige scales. Unemployed me thought it sounded pretty straightforward to do. The face details were put onto the head before the head was attached onto the body. Check out the progression on the tiny version!
Of course, it took so much time, repetition, and dedication to get it done – I didn’t think I’d want to make another one after the shiny version was completed. I also didn’t think it would become such a popular post on tumblr, which prompted me to make another one.
A lot of people asked me for the pattern; at the time, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of selling or giving out an untested pattern to people. Maybe if I made it nicer, I could sell it? This project took a lot of effort to figure out, and it didn’t feel right to give it out if people weren’t actually committed to making it.
I thought I’d make it again to see if I remembered how it was made, and then I was planning to let my friend’s sister test it out. I managed to make the giant blue one, using the rough note patterns I wrote down; through this process, I was able to refine the terminology and digitize it into a doc file.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get back much feedback on it, and it sort of stayed in limbo ever since. People asked for the pattern and didn’t wait for an answer, which sort of put a damper on my efforts.
Nonetheless, I keep the blue gyarados as a testament to my efforts in amigurumi. I vow to share this pattern to those who are genuinely interested and committed to making it (and are also willing to share photos of the end result to me).
Thanks for reading!