This is my bas relief, papier mâchè of a rhinoceros; nicknamed ‘Happy’. Over the years he’s become a mascot of sorts and when not in class hangs out in my art studio. Originally he was a prototype for a grade one study of African Animals project. A trip to the Calgary zoo and sketching the animals there had been part of the experience.
Technically the only difference between him and the earlier red-winged blackbird is in step four: colouring. Instead of tissue paper I used tempera paints and water based and permanent markers on top of an overtly textured surface. The final step included a scumbling of white acrylic and matte medium to bring out all his folds. He’s often the hit of the party whenever I take him to class.