I can finally reveal that my Shaun the Sheep on the ‘Shaun in the City’ trail is… Candy Baa, a sweet themed sheep!
He took me approximately 60 hours to paint using acrylic and emulsion. I documented the process so here is a little photo gallery of my experience.
I was given a blank fibreglass Shaun sculpture in the painting space organised by the Shaun in the City team. I started by giving him a coat of white emulsion for a clean base to paint on. As you can see they were on raised wooden platforms so we could wheel them around and paint from different angles. The two cherries were added by experienced model makers to my sculpture, using drawings that I provided as a guideline.
My first move was to mark up the design in pencil. I made my own stencils using bendy plastic that I could lie over the undulating surface of Shaun’s wool. Marking out the sprinkles took a long time!
I then moved onto painting. To get the sculpture looking vibrant, I needed to do a number of coats of paint. The whole process was a sort of rotation, where as one colour was drying I moved onto the next, before moving back for a second coat.
I blocked out the sprinkles first and then continued on to the large areas of pink icing. I was originally going to mix this pink myself, but fellow artist, Tom Hovey, had a can of candy pink emulsion which made it lots easier, thanks Tom!
Once the main large areas of colour were in place, I could move onto details. This included stripes, shadows and little features that made the different sweet parts more identifiable.
The part I was dreading the most was painting the legs! They needed to have really crisp, clean lines to give the effect of candy canes and ice cream cones. To achieve this, I used masking tape. I carefully taped out areas that allowed me to get the white stripes on the candy cane, and get a 3D effect on the ice cream cones. I also added a line of shine on the candy cane legs to make them look extra real!
The final stage was the face. The aim was a chocolate biscuit, like a bourbon, so I mixed up a dark chocolatey brown and painted lighter brown spots on top of this. As an extra I added cream around his chin. This wasn’t on my initial plan, but I felt he needed some detail around this area. His eyes have biscuit surrounds and his nose holes are inside doughnuts!
So there you have it, Candy Baa! He is made up of an iced bun, sprinkles, candy floss, ice cream cones, candy canes, cookies, dipped chocolate, doughnuts, boiled sweets, biscuits, lovehearts, liquorice allsorts and two cherries.
As soon as I saw the call for artists I knew that I wanted to do a sweet themed sheep. After painting a Gromit a few years ago, I remember loving the shine they get after they are lacquered and I thought this would lend itself well to shiny sweets.
I am so happy with my final design and hope that the general public like it too. It will be in Covent Garden from Sat 28th March until the 25th May so go see him if you can! The trail is for such a worthy cause and hopefully it will raise lots of money for children’s hospitals around the UK. I would love to hear what people think, so tweet me @emilygoldenart or use the hashtag #candybaa.
Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation. Charity no. 1043603
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