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Life sized Gourd Baby Elephant by ART-fromthe-HEART Life sized Gourd Baby Elephant by ART-fromthe-HEART
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It's been a long ride to complete my big baby. She started from the humble beginnings with 23 gourds and has evolved to the wonder she has become. It's been 103 hours and nearly $500 for her to come into being...but it's been worth it. I learned so much from the processes, and I tested skills I wasn't sure I had! But I didn't think about what I couldn't do, I just did it. My baby is now at the North Carolina zoo, where she's been donated to their annual benefit auction. She'll be auctioned in September. I'll get video of her being auctioned off, I hope she brings a lot to the zoo!

Here's her final stats:
30 inches tall
19 inches wide
40.5 inches long
weighs 38 pounds
103 hours of work

Supply list:
23 large gourds
2 expanding foam cans
3 large dowel rods for internal support
epoxy glue
liquid nails
quick grab glue
6 rolls of masking tape
100 sheets of blank newsprint
39 pounds of air drying clay
glass taxidermy eyes
wireform mesh for ears
5 bottles of superglue
2 full bottles of paint (black and white)
Brown, red, and yellow paint
1,000 cut horse hairs (brown and black)
1 full can of matte sealer and partial gloss

Phase 1:
Phase 2:
Phase 3:
Phase 4 was painting and 5 is application of hair.

Compilation photos will be uploaded soon. :D

Thank you everyone for commenting, viewing, and supporting this long process. I WILL be making another large gourd sculpture next year to donate to the zoo. Please consider donating next year for the project. I couldn't do it without you!

:heart: Cara

And a DD, THANK YOU SO MUCH! :faint:
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Given 2012-07-12
Life sized Gourd Baby Elephant by *ART-fromthe-HEART is a very realistic sculpture in real scale that took months to finish, it involved a crazy amount of supplies and it was all made for a good cause. The WIP photos are very impressive as well and they give a better idea of all the work and time invested. ( Suggested by crocodiledreams and Featured by Talty )
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Elsapret Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want one!!!  Wonderful work!!!!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The best elephant pet ever - no tons of food to buy or poo to shovel. ;)
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Super cute and realistic looking! You put a ton of work into making him and it really shows, and paid off!
You really deserved that DD. :)!! Congratulations, on all of it!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: THANKS!
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monica52404 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
so cute
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glory! :D
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AnnemiekedW Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow I thought it was a photograph for many reasons but I think specifically because of the little hairs on the head - absolutely amazing :faint: I love it :iconflyingheartsplz: and what a cutie - I love African elephants because of the huge ears :heart: and of course they look even bigger on baby elephants :iconlovesplz:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you! I'm so proud of my baby. Though now she's someone else's baby as she's been auctioned off at the zoo. :meow:
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AnnemiekedW Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I read about that, you should be proud, it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen :heart: and so well made, you are so talented !
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Halcyon196 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
What you made is one of the most amazingly awesome things I have seen today.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Grishhak Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey!

Because of dA's Birthday I did a feature of some of my favourite Art and just wanted you to know that I featured your amazing art here: [link]

Greetings,
Grish :)
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Fainting-Ostrich Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist
wow this is amazing <3 It touches me that you would put so much effort and time and money into something to help others :3 You are an amazing person <3
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thank you, that means a lot to me! :hug:
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pst1297 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
meanwhile in transylvania...

Frankenstien: Igor, i think i'll need to find a playmate for the boy. any suggestions?

Igor: master, i think i know just the thing
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ROFL, imagining that makes my elephant kinda creepy. :fear: Funny!
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pst1297 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
it looks fantastic. i just got inspired by it.
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angry-horse-for-life Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awee
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Like a big-footed puppy dog. Beautiful work.
Blessings,
Steve
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Best puppy I've ever had! ;) Thank you!
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Asuka02RedEva Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Whoa! That is SO awesome!
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KristenMash Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, my god....this is....wow....:faint:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush:
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: :D
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MissInviz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
oh geez this is adorable!!! great job :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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Missy7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Adorable.
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Excellent!
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superkim111 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wow.
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BobsCookie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
SO frickin' creepy!! I mean..it looks almost real, but like it lacks a soul!
(and I love it!) ^U^
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, yes it does, and it's trying to steal your soul right now :fear: LOL Thanks! ;)
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BobsCookie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Uh.. your welcome? (laughs) It's still oddly adorable. ^ ^
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Snowythorn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I need to go to the zoo and see it :O That's incredible!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D It's not for public display because of fear kids would try to ride it...but if you want to see it, go to the Stedman education center (north american side). Tell them you know me - Cara Bevan - and they might take you upstairs to see it. :D
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Snowythorn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Awesome, thanks :D
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on DD, very well deserved :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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ArtisinmyHeart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hi!!! from art is in my heart! lol
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL great username! ;) :highfive:
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ArtisinmyHeart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS!!! you too
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catiescarlett Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Holy... you made that adorable, awesome sculpture out of squash?! Seriously, I'm beyond impressed; I'm in awe. This is amazing, truly. Great job, and congratulations on your DD!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL in a sense I guess I did! Though gourds are much better than squash. ;) Thank you!
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shadowsoffear Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this and was literally like "SERIOUSLY?"
Gotta show my sister, she thinks elephants are adorable and would freak out XD
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And everyone likes a good freak out. ;) LOL thanks!
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Brunasc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congratulations for the DD, you deserve!! :dance:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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