The rhinoceros is one of the largest land animals, weighing above 4,000 lbs (Indian rhinos can weigh up to 7,500 lbs). They compensate for their poor eyesight with better hearing and smell, and can live between 35 to 40 years. Their physical appearance (or that of their ancestors) may have contributed to the myth of the unicorns. Rhinos are highly endangered due to poaching for their horns which are actually thickly matted hair comprised of keratin. Since the 1970's their population has diminished by 90% worldwide. My inspiration to sculpt this magnificent beast in the rain came from a dream I had one night. Thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model
Concept sketch - done on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil