The multi-shaded stippling effect over all of Gromit's body is really pretty, but it was kind of lost because of the light. It was only looking back at the photos that I spotted something that was probably immediately obvious to everyone else - the range of shades, the textured effect - he's called Bushed - BUSHed - like a cleverly trained and clipped topiary bush. I know, I'm a bit slow on the uptake - in my defence my insomnia is in hyperdrive, as evidenced by the fact that it's almost three in the morning right now. Ah well.
The kids found Bushed a bit on the dark and plain side compared to some of the others, but I think this may have been partly due to the positioning. It was just a few feet from the door (inside) and when you're enjoying the sunshine and then go into a building you always get that 'Ooh it's dark in here' thing, you know? Noah was also being a bit of a pain, hence the smirk you can see in the picture above, so we didn't stay long!
Something I've noticed across the Gromits is that while the artists were given a wide (or maybe even completely open) brief, there are some aspects of the models that have been retained by the majority of the artists. Bushed, for example, does not have the well defined collar many of the others have - by using the same colours and techniques on this as on the rest of the model, it is completely camouflaged against Gromits body. He does, however, have eyes which are very clearly defined, white and black - I guess he can look in whatever direction the artist desires!
Where? Royal West of England Academy
Who? David Inshaw
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Have you seen this Gromit?