A nice local collector of our sculpture came by the studio yesterday. He wanted to purchase a full bodied bronze elk sculpture that we didn't have one. So after a few minutes of discussion, he had me start something. This image of the clay I have thus far is the beginning of a potential art commission. Due to some upcoming deadlines and other projects, time is short. However that will not cause any loss of quality. The struggle I'm having now is how to make this elk sculpture different from so many others. The client wants it bugling. That's fine, but this needs to be an "Eli Hopkins sculpture" too, not just another elk.