I’ve always loved sabre-toothed cats. When I was a kid I really wanted all the classic Aurora monster models. I never got any of these, but I did manage to obtain (for a steal) some of their prehistoric kits; cavemen, tar pit, and my favourite, the sabre tooth. The bases kind of locked together and I had them laid out in my bedroom like a tiny Natural History museum display. Sadly, I no longer have them, as they now fetch pretty serious prices on eBay.
The brief for this dragon commission specified that he had to be adorable; so I played down all of the dragon’s malevolent characteristics and ramped up the cute factor to 11. When I was sculpting him I was thinking about a book ‘The Flight of Dragons’ illustrated by fellow Midlands artist Wayne Anderson at the end of the 70’s. I didn’t take it off my bookshelf and revisit it until I finished sculpting, but I can detect a slight influence, especially in the huge, soulful eyes.
Prior to the mating season the male Baffler Bird sheds some of its plumage and regrows more brightly coloured feathers. The bizarre mating rituals of the Baffler Bird were described vividly in Scoffer's journals: "during dusk and throughout the early evening, our relaxation was much inhibited by the hoots and squawks of the birds courtship taking place within the jungle"
The largest of the Fuzzle Deer family, this wide-eyed ruminant has a longer coat than its cousins. It has two larger teeth in its lower jaw which it employs in extricating the edible tubers of the fidugi plant from the hard soil in which it grows.
The Cave Bear of Scoffer's Island. A (mostly) gentle giant who occupies the misty peaks and hidden valleys of the island's mountainous regions. The only thing he likes better than a fish supper is a good long snooze.