The 12 days of Christmas: elephant carving day 7

Time to pay some attention to the rear end of my olifant. At this stage I am adding detail to the tail and general rear end.

In case anyone is wondering, this isn’t a spelling error, it is Africaans for elephant.

There is nothing like trying to copy an animal for gaining an understanding of its real shape. I used about 30 photographs from different angles to understand the true proportions of an elephant.

If you trued to sketch one from memory then trust me, you would be way out. Their legs are longer than you think, their heads smaller and their feet pads larger. Photographs, calipers and the ability to scale are vital tools and techniques.