Made by Elena Martínez
I started this mountain gorilla sculpture before Covid hit. The armature was made using a cardboard pattern. I surrounded it with paper and tape.
At this point, I started with a thin layer of paper mache to give me a solid base, and then got more muscle definition with a second layer. Finally, I did the fur texture with a third layer.
I sanded it all before I primed and painted it with acrylic paints.
The final step was the varnish finishing.
This life- size gorilla was a highly challenging task, but I really enjoyed this so much! Thank you so much for the tutorials, recipes and advice, Jonni!!
23 thoughts on “Our Mountain Gorilla Sculpture”
Most kind, but I’m just a keen amateur who enjoys all aspects of paper mache 🙂
Excellent job, on the sculpting and the finish! What tools did you use to render the fur, please? Thanks!
I used a palette knife (steel oil painting knife) to create the texture. When the clay is freshly spread I quickly tap on it. Then I do a strong sanding.
Thank you for the quick response. Would love to see more of your work, where are you located, do you sell anywhere? Encore!
I have no words, it is so real!
Since the position, details, eyes… you really keep an eye on every aspect! Congratulations!!
Thank you! So pleased you like him!
You really made my day, Ana 🙂
What a beautiful piece! Truly a piece of art to be in a museum. All the smoothing is perfect and the fur is just as wonderful. This is an amazing piece! Thank you for sharing it.
Thank you for your kind words, Pat. I appreciate it very much!
Increíble, que obra tan maravillosa y llena de vida. Es impresionante como lo has plasmado. Por favor, no dejes de crear y ofrecernos estos instantes llenos con la magia del arte. ?????
Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!
Oh my gosh, Oh My Gosh, OH .. . …MY ….. ..GOSH ! What an outstanding job you’ve done. Wouldn’t want to meet him in the Bwindi Forrest alone.
Once in a while, he gave my eight-year-old daughter a big scare!?
What an amazing sculpture. It almost looks like it has been cast in bronze! You are so clever.
Oh wow! What a stunning sculpture! What detail, every aspect of this sculpture is superb! Well done!
Absolutely marvelous elena.you captured the nature of the gorilla
Wow Elena, what a great piece of Work this Mountain Gorilla.
Thanks for sharing.
I Love the look in it’s eyes
Absolutely stunning work!
He’s amazing, Elena! I love the muscles, the way it’s positioned…you really nailed his head too. Very nice 🙂
Thank you isis, very kind of you.
Congratulations Elena, your gorilla is amazing