I've been particularly quiet in terms of social media and blog posts of late. The main reason for this is that aside from my usual workload I have also been busy painting for Shaun in the City - a project organised by Aardman and the Grand Appeal to create over 100 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep, which will appear as two different art trails in Bristol and London and raise money for children's hospitals across the UK.
Each sculpture has it's own individual design, all created by different artists, designers and celebrities. The London trail will have a different set (flock) of designs to the Bristol trail - and nobody really knows what's going where as yet, so it's all very exciting!!
Anyway...I was lucky enough to be selected to create 2 sheep for the trails. Most of the designs are being kept under wraps until the trails launch ( Saturday 28th March in London, and Monday 6th July in Bristol) - This is why the image above doesn't really show too much (sorry about that!). Instead, just a little glimpse at some of the processes used in the creation of my second design which I finished last week - paint, masking and an element of type...!
My first Shaun was completed before Christmas and isn't quite so secretive as I had painted it in a space open to public view. The Grand Appeal had asked me to create a design with a Union Jack theme... which is what I did! My concept for the design is that this particular sheep is essentially the self-appointed leader of the Team Sheep GB supporter squad - with a look that includes Union Jack face paint, hoof nail art, a sparkly red, white & blue fleece, and a small collection of supporter badges...Go Team Sheep!
Below is a little movie loop, showing a 360˚view. This was taken in the painting space, so before he's had the high gloss lacquer finish.