Stick Animal

I recently showed you some stick figures I made in 2016 and updated in 2020. The project made me want to try some more figures. I will be showing you the results of those efforts over the next couple of weeks while describing the process and any changes I made.

Here is the first example of the recent stick figures I made, though it was the last one I did, and it’s created out of leftovers. Let’s call it Stick Animal.

Stick animal 1 6-20

What started me off on making an animal rather than a person was this knot on the wood. I thought it looked like an eye and I could not stop envisioning it as such.

Stick animal 5 6-20

I tried to figure out how to match it. I ended up taking a small piece of a thin stick and jamming it tight into a washer. Then I drilled out the “body” and inserted the “eye” into it, gluing it tight.

Stick animal 4 6-20

Spoiler alert, all the stick figurines I made in this project have arms, so I had some small stick pieces on hand. I took four sticks at random and nailed them to the body, not worrying about making them even – I was able to move the legs enough to adjust them to allow the animal to stand.

Stick Animal 6-18-20 #1d

So far so good. I decided the animal needed a tail. I had saved the wire from some wirebound notebooks – I cut a piece, stretched it out, and nailed it to the animal.

Stick animal 3 6-20

Now it needed a mouth. This body part had to wait a while – I didn’t know what would be the right thing. Then one day I saw a red bottle cap on the ground. I picked it up, washed it, bent it in half, and nailed it to the animal. Now…he had a mouth with teeth!

Stick animal 6 6-20

I felt this animal was just as he should be. Here he is again.


23 thoughts on “Stick Animal

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. No, haven’t gotten that far. I’m still getting used to having made it (if that makes sense). I don’t know where it came from, just suddenly I started doing it. I think I’m surprised it actually worked. Got any suggestions? And I think anyone could make a similar one, depending on the local materials…love to see what you might come up with!

      1. petrujviljoen

        I’ve thought of your animal as a chameleon, because of the eyes, but didn’t want to spoil your fun in thinking of one, perhaps not of this world? Stick insect is too obvious. Moving on to animals during lockdown, who (which?) has had so much freedom from people during lockdown is the next natural step. It’s truly a beaut.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          I think he’s a non-definable creature, that’s what I’m thinking (after I realized I had not tried to figure out what he could be at all during any part of his creation!) I love the chameleon idea, don’t think I would have ever thought of that, since I don’t remember ever seeing one in person.

        2. petrujviljoen

          They’re lovely creatures. Good that you haven’t identified the creature. Naming it will take away his freedom – as you were while making – not thinking is such a holiday!!

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    This is fabulous, Claudia! I love that you constructed this critter from repurposed found objects and created all of these interesting forms and textures. I think it is completely brilliant and look forward to perhaps seeing an entire menagerie of these beasts being breathed into life by your imagination.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I will certainly be doing more. It’s just a matter of looking around and happening on the right parts. It is really fun to do this, I don’t think I’ve ever gone down this path before.

  2. Carol A. More

    So freakin’ cute, this stick animal! You’ve inspired me to dig all the beach driftwood out of the trash can (I’m cleaning my studio!) and save it for a little ‘sticky’ of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      You’re welcome. I’m hoping sometime to be able to go to a river and find some driftwood, here my selection is fallen branches from trees, in storms and the like.

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