Old Man Hare

Made by Linda Crawford

This is my first animal sculpture and I am so pleased with him. Armature was made using a yoghurt drink bottle for the body, the neck, part of a toilet roll, the head from tin foil, legs and ears using garden wire padded out with newspaper and his whiskers from cotton thread. I covered the armature with a version of Jonniclay (because of where I live, I have to adapt it) and he is painted with acrylics. I did cover the paper clay with tissue paper to help with texture for the fur (watched Jonni’s video on her racoon). I also watched countless videos on how to paint fur and settled on a “one stroke” layering technique which took ages but I think it was worth the time and effort. I hope you like him as much as I do. Thinking of doing a red squirrel next!

Old man hare paper mache sculpture

Old man hare paper mache sculpture

10 thoughts on “Old Man Hare”

  1. This is adorable! I particularly like his eyes, they have such warmth and vitality. The tilt of his head and the pose make him look so alert. Congratulations!

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    • Hi Mary. Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased with him that I can hardly believe he is my creation! So pleased that you like him.

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  2. Oh, this fellow is SO handsome!
    I really like the active and inquisitive pose and the paintwork. So glad you shared the YouTube link, as I was going to ask about this.
    Beautiful job – thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Thank you Lisa for your lovely comments. I am looking at giving a squirrel a go next but afraid he might not turn out as well! Still, if I don’t try, I won’t know will I? If I do go for it, I will surely post the result! Have fun!

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  3. I love this hare, he has such personality and character! I love the way you painted him as well. I will definitely check out your link to the one touch fur painting as well. Thanks for the link.
    Jonni, I think an error occurred. On the front page of the daily sculptors page this post was stated to be made by Ruby but it is actually made by Linda Crawford. Unless they are the same person, something odd happened. Thought you might like to know.

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    • Hi Eileen, thank you for your comments. ( I am Linda by the way and no I don’t go by Ruby at all, LOL).
      Do go and check out Debbie Cole’s work on youtube, she has some great tutorials on acrylic painting. I always worry about painting my projects as I think I may not do a good enough job and spoil them so I do quite a bit of research and practice before I commit to painting them.

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      • Well, the beauty of acrylic paint is that it can be painted over so you can always fix something you don’t like. You may lose a smidge of detail in the sculpt but not enough. You have good instincts with the painting as in evidence in this hare. Trust them!

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    • Oops – you’re right. Ruby made the baby tiger, not the hare – copy and paste to blame here (and maybe not enough coffee?) Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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  4. What a great sculpture, Linda. Thanks so much for showing it to us. I have a question for you – can you explain the ‘one stroke’ painting technique for fur?

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    • Hi Jonni, glad you like him. I watched a really good video on youtube by a lovely acrylic artist called Debbie Cole called Creating realistic fur with acrylics. She uses an unusual brush to begin with and then goes over it with ‘one stroke’ brush work. In my case I didn’t have the first brush she used so I just used one stroke of the brush little by little and I think it worked out like a treat. If you want to check her video out (she has lots of great tutorials on brush work) here is the link to the fur one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubKFZrdeKcw&list=PLd7zOkaBRg059mTfrEeE-O-9_Y4CVxP4S&index=3
      Lovely to see so many artists posting on your page, I love to see what others are getting up to. Happy Mashing!

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