He's a rooster (or cockerel if you prefer), whom I've just finished for a commission, for the very talented Loani Prior of sculptural tea cosy fame, who's work and blog 'The Queen of the Tea Cosies' you can see here. (You have to have a look at the beautiful fair isle scarf she's showing on her blog at the moment, it's fabulous).
He's one happy, proud chappie, and there's something very retro about his dress sense. We may all well know a human version of Leopold in real life, someone who is very endearing.
I look at Leopold, and I feel very familiar with every teeny weeny part of his body. A humongous number of hours went in to his creation, I don't know if that comes across. I've been working on him over a period of about three-and-a-half months.
It's not just the sheer labour in making him that has been exhausting, but the challenges of having him stand on one leg, holding a balloon that is stable and doesn't move all over the place, and is being held in his claw. He also went from an initial plan of being much simpler, to having wings outspread, and being fully clothed, he was just going to have a neckerchief originally, and his wings were going to be closed in on his body, so much easier to construct.
Gusto for life, that's what he has.
It's good to be busy, good to take opportunities offered don't you think?
It will be strange to put Leopold in his box and send him off, he's been part of my life for a while now. But he's off to a fabulous new home with Loani, who I know is looking forward to welcoming him.