Driftwood Sculpture - The Warthog
A sculpture of a Warthog using driftwood as the primary material. Other materials used for this sculpture are bone shards and fragments, cotton, and black onyx eyes.
HEIGHT 11"/LENGTH 19"
The warthog was initialized with the discovery of 2 pieces that were in my possession for some time. I had studied each piece for months trying to see something in them, until finally I realized they could work together as the staring point of a new sculpture, a warthog. The main and larger piece of the 2 starts from the tailbone, goes up and covers most of the back, then the upper skull and finishing at the snout. The other matching piece is the lower jaw that leads down to mid chest.. I then found the 2 hind legs and after attaching them I proceeded to fill out the torso. Once the torso was filled out, I found and attached the two front legs. The warthog was now standing on it's own, and I could proceed with the details like the tail, hooves, and all the features on the head. For the hooves, teeth, and tusks, cow ribs were used. I then added pine needles for the mane, and cotton fibers for the tufts of hair on the jaw. The eyes were made from black onyx stones. Some paint staining was added for color matching. As with all my pieces, prior to assembly, all parts go through a cleaning and heat treatment process. The final product is lightly coated with a sealant.
This piece was really fun to make, despite taking almost 5 months to fully complete including gathering materials, assembly, and finishing touches. I enjoyed it because it was the largest piece I had done to date, and may still be in weight. The Red Dragon is much longer and possibly heavier. I also enjoyed it because of the success in capturing movement, as well as a very satisfying way I put the chosen materials to use. However, the most satisfying aspect of this sculpture, was getting to make a very underappreciated and underrated animal, the amazing and powerful warthog.