Jurassic art: Island artist sculpting lifelike dinosaurs
'I try and make sure that at every angle there's something interesting to look at,' says Chris Ruprecht
A Charlottetown dinosaur aficionado and sculptor is working on a new project, creating a family of lifelike dinosaur sculptures, all in his own home.
Chris Ruprecht, a chef by day and sculptor by night, is currently creating a miniature baby raptor, a project he said has already taken him four months.
"I want it to be really highly detailed and really well done. Speed too far forward and you tend to make mistakes," said Ruprecht.
This is in addition to the nine metre-long replica of the T. rex in the Jurassic Park movies that Ruprecht began building a few years ago.
The model he's working on now is almost 80 centimetres long and made up of about 3.5 kilograms of clay. Ruprecht will eventually bake the sculpture and give it a paint job.
Ruprecht uses everything from professional sculpting tools to guitar string, plastic wrap and even fake nails to achieve the realistic texture of the dinosaur's flesh.
"There's lot of small details. Like, I try and make sure that at every angle there's something interesting to look at and that it looks realistic and not like a toy," he said.
A love for everything Jurassic
Ruprecht said his love of dinosaurs began at a young age and grew after watching Jurassic Park for the first time.
"I spent more time watching the behind-the-scenes footage than anything else because I wanted to see how they made the dinosaurs," he said.
Ruprecht's fiancé Kayla Walsh said while his passion is a little unusual, she wouldn't have it any other way.
"I think it's great that he's able to create all these incredible things for people to see. He's great at what he does," she said.
Ruprecht said he plans to create a bigger model once his current project is complete.
Ruprecht said he hopes to eventually display his models at an art show and while this is his first sculpting project, he also said he's considering holding a class in the future to share his sculpting techniques.
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