Kinoko: Dragon Snail among the fungus

Dragon Snail with mushrooms, by Erin Eirewolf Metcalf

Kinoko, #14 in the Dragon Snail™ series, makes his home in the deep forest among the fungus. His “beak” helps him dig tasty insects out of the deadwood, as well as nip morsels from the mushrooms. (Kinoko takes his name from the Japanese word for mushroom.)

I updated Kinoko’s body design to be more snail-like, especially the “foot,” which has an undulating edge. His horns are continuous with his head, inspired by snails’ eyes.

The rest of his head is, of course, decidedly un-snail-like. He has an unusually shaped skull, and a hooked beak reminiscent of a parrot’s.

I love his unique coloring, even if I do say so myself. 🙂 Red-orange blends beautifully into dark teal and midnight blue, and the yellow spots on the (real) seashell continue seamlessly in a dorsal pattern.

Polymer clay and mixed media.

Kinoko will be for sale after the first of the year. Contact me if you are interested!

Click here for more pictures of Kinoko.

Dragon Snail Kinoko, by Erin Eirewolf Metcalf


~ by eirewolf on December 19, 2008.

4 Responses to “Kinoko: Dragon Snail among the fungus”

  1. Oh, oh, oh…oh, oh… 🙂 He is GREAT!!! What a lovely, lovely face-such wisdom. Connie

  2. Thank you so much, Connie! 🙂

  3. Is the wood part that holds the mushrooms polymer as well?

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