Walking into artist Sergey Bobkov's studio must be like walking into a jungle! The Russian sculptor creates all kinds of life-like creatures out of Siberian cedar wood chips and a very skillful hand. He says, "It's not too interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring."
To start, Bobkov first chips off strips of the Cedar, each piece averaging about 2-3 inches long, and soaks the wood in water. He then hand carves the pieces to fit the texture and shape of each of his animal friends. In order to build accurate depictions of an animal, Bobkov will spend time studying the anatomy, habits, and movements of each creature before beginning a new project. The results of his hard work are these spectacular and quite realistic creations.
Bobkov spends 10-12 hours a day working on a sculpture, and each piece can take months to complete. In total, the artist has made 15 life-sized wooden sculptures featuring Siberian wildlife, and we can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
via [Empty Kingdom]