'Alces Madonna' (Finished) by Shane Wilson

For larger images, please see the ‘Alces Madonna’ page in the Antler Gallery.

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler sculpture)

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler sculpture) - close view

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler sculpture) - 3/4 view

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler sculpture) - top view

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler sculpture) - back view


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'Alces Madonna' (Photoshoot) by Shane Wilson

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson (photoshoot)

The lighting in the new studio is perfect for casting the appropriate shadows along the surface of the sculpture, so I decided to do the portfolio shoot myself, this time.


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'Alces Madonna' (Stand Design) by Shane Wilson

The stand has been designed from a reclaimed walnut furniture panel. It was very difficult to cut, so dense the grain. The antler is attached to the stand by a rare earth 1 1/4” magnet.

'Alces Madonna' (stand complete) by Shane Wilson

The magnet is set into the walnut, slightly below the surface. The steel washer is attached on to the the antler butt, where it serves as plug, seating itself on the magnet, leaving the antler flush with the surface of the stand.

'Alces Madonna' (stand showing magnet and washer) by Shane Wilson


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'Alces Madonna' (Phase 5) by Shane Wilson

Progress on the carving has gone well; the antler like marble, the effect reminiscent of a carved Grecian relief on repatriated Parthenon panel.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 5d - close) by Shane Wilson
The carving is completed with the detailing of the cow’s mane, hump, ear and whiskers.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 5c - close) by Shane Wilson
Beginning the calf’s body. To separate it visually from the cow’s face, I have decided to push it back into a shallow relief effect.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 5b - close) by Shane Wilson
Beginning to rough in the face of the calf, establishing the major facial planes.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 5a - close) by Shane Wilson
The face of the cow moose is roughed in, I decided to shift the perspective from slightly above, looking down on the moose, to a strict profile.


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'Alces Madonna' (Phase 4) by Shane Wilson

The moose cow is further roughed in and refined.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 4 - close) by Shane Wilson
Cuts and refinements on the cow moose are marked in brown pencil crayon.

'Alces Madonna' (phase 4 - whole moose antler) by Shane Wilson
The removal of brow tine and antler butt make for a pleasing, energetic design.


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