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May 10, 2012
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Canon EOS 30D
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1/250 second
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22 mm
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Date Taken
May 7, 2012, 1:48:34 PM
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Life sized Gourd Baby Elephant by ART-fromthe-HEART Life sized Gourd Baby Elephant by ART-fromthe-HEART
:star: Buy a print and contribute to next year's gourd creation! :star:

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 )
Elsapret Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want one!!!  Wonderful work!!!!
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. ;)
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!
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: THANKS!
monica52404 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
so cute
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glory! :D
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:
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:
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 !
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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