What’s more impressive than Nicholas Brown’s sculptures – which seem to breathe life into giant lumps of clay – is the fact that Brown has only actually been sculpting since 2017. I’ve been using my hands for 40 years now, and I only just recently consider myself proficient in using a spoon.
Brown’s latest sculpting subject is Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot, for which he uses a coarse brush to quickly and convincingly give the smooth clay a wooden texture. There’s a lot more work than that involved with creating a masterpiece like this, but thankfully Brown films fascinating time-lapse compilations of his entire process. It makes me feel like I could sculpt my own Groot, when in reality I’m barely able to use the aforementioned spoon without spilling on myself.