Ami Zarug - Artist
Since 2005 I've been sculpting animals, especially endangered ones. I have always been intrigued with the miracle of creation. Each animal I design has a different look to it. I start with the eyes and just go with the flow. I never work with real animal components, everything is synthetic. The process starts with shaping the head by the animal's anatomy and then installing the eyes. Once the eyes are in place I get inspired for a more specific direction. Afterwards I start with the complex stage of matching a synthetic fur to the animal's body. The fur is coated by airbrush color layers which I prepared beforehand by observing the real animal fur colors. I have kept real samples of naturally deceased animal for reference, so I can reach the most realistic color levels. The final airbrush touches are the most important part of the process since it gives that realistic look, and so I invest days in perfecting it until a satisfying result is achieved.
After many years of perfecting my art, I have decided to share my passion with the world. Together with a colleague of mine we started "Animal Replicas", where we can supply the increasing demand to exhibit rare animals without actually harming none of them. Nature lovers can admire the animals magnificence with a unique piece, as the next best thing to a real animal.