This is my entry to the Merrell Diorama Contest: [link]
One day, when I was a kid, my family and I were going for a hike in Colorado. I remember snow on the ground, and all around us were beautiful aspen trees. We had been noticing different kinds of animal tracks in the snow, and my parents explained which were that of deer, bears, etc. Well, my aunt suddenly showed me some other tracks, and said to me, "Do you know what those tracks belong to? Monkeys." I looked for monkeys for the rest of the hike, hoping I might spot one.
Later, my aunt showed me how she had in fact made these "monkey prints" in the snow with her own fists. I hope one day I can show these my own daughter while she is still young enough; we don't get much snow where we live, though.
This diorama is of my memory of envisioning monkeys in the snow in Colorado, and what I think it would have been like to have found one.
The little girl and monkey are both completely sculpted, painted, wigged/furred by hand. The entire diorama is made from scratch.
You can see more photography of this diorama by looking at my deviant page! The characters are fully detailed sculptures. To see them as they were still works in progress, you can check back in my deviant page, as I will be adding more photographs of this piece.
Thanks so much for checking out my contest entry! Good luck to every one submitting!