For the past few months, after work, weekends and on lunch breaks, I've been running upstairs to the very top of the Aardman HQ to attend to a 5-foot sheep!
Shaun in the City - 120 artist-customised 5-foot tall Shaun the Sheep statues, creating a public arts trail in Bristol & London, all raising money for Children in Hospitals!
The 120 Shauns will be placed in London & Bristol, creating an arts trail for people to visit. Once the trail is complete, they'll then all be auctioned off, with every penny going to the Children's Hospital!
Now you know why I'm so honoured to be a part of it all! Gromit Unleashed was such an overwhelming project, with the brilliant Bristol public really taking the project to its heart. I can't wait to see what Bristol and London make of the Shaun's. I've been lucky enough to see artists working on theirs and let me tell you, you're in for a treat!
My Shaun design has to be totally under wraps for now, hence these work-in-progress snaps being so secretive, I don't want to give the game away! It's been such a fun and challenging process - 3 of the techniques I've used are 3 I've never done before, and have really forced me to learn, quite quickly!
The body, the legs and the details have been all totally different processes - spraypaint, texture, acrylic, patterns, graphics, lettering, projecting and more! I have one final process to do tomorrow, another one I've never done before, but there's no better way than to learn on the job, so cross your fingers for me!
The whole thing has been captured on film too - My good friends Jonny, Michael and myself have been capturing each part of the process in a variety of different ways: GoPro, Timelapse, DSLR, Stills - Once Shaun is done, we'll be assembling a collaborative behind-the-scenes film to show exactly how it all went down!
So, wish me luck for tomorrow's final process and I can't wait to share my finished Shaun and the full behind-the-scenes with you, this sneaky peak GIF below will have to do for now!
More exciting than that, I cannot wait for you all to do the Shaun trail next year and see all 120 fantastic works of art, it's going to be bahh-rilliant! (Sorry. Not sorry).
Big thanks to Michael McKelvaney for the ace photos!