This is the first of a series of videos showing how I made an Indian rhino.
It’s not a life-sized rhino, but still pretty big. To make it go faster, I created the basic shapes with wet clay over a cobbled-together base to fill out some of the forms so I wouldn’t have to use too much clay. Then I covered the clay with plaster cloth. In the next video I add the “skin” with homemade air-dry clay.
Before he was painted he looked like he does in this photo. I used today’s experimental method because plaster cloth can be cut with a sharp box knife, but the dried air dry clay is so hard that I think I’d need power tools to cut it apart.
There are a few tricks to using the air dry clay successfully, so be sure to see the second video for tips you can use for your own sculpture.