Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 6: Roe Deer & Wild Boar detail

With some of the more detailed work already started on the lynx  and capercaillie, it was time to devote a couple of days to the roe deer and wild boar sculptures. Much of the wood salvaged from Loch Arkaig has already been incorporated into the process of building up both sculptures on their original framework.

The roe deer has a very distinctive face and I began with some modelling around the eyes and nose. I find that the eyes and feet of the animal sculptures benefit most from adding some detail with the rest of the animal left as natural wood.

I continued to add suitable pieces to the body, constantly delving into the supplied driftwood and salvaged wood from the site. The new modelling is then lightly treated or painted to highlight the outstanding features.

I think that the long session on the roe deer went well and it is now starting to reflect the characteristics of this shy and alert creature of the forest.

The wild boar has such a coarse and rugged coat that I think the body will need some extra work to reflect this. For the moment I decided to work on the head with its long snout, tusks, small eyes and large ears.

The head also has an unusual shape which I am gradually creating with a combination of smaller pieces of driftwood and some modelling.

As with the roe deer, the detail is then treated to blend in with the existing sculpture.


It also helps to bond the smaller pieces of driftwood together and is barely discernible from the wood once it has been allowed to set.

After spending a full day on each piece, they are all now starting to develop their own character. The next stage will be further detailed work, particularly on the feet for each sculpture, whilst continue to improve the bodywork.

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