By Joe McFarlane
An ambitious artist decided to craft a skull from an unlikely material, 600 colourful pencils.
Working out of a small studio in Beccles, Suffolk, Scott Knight, 43, has come a long way from from failing art in high school.
With a passion for carving ever since he was a small child, Scott finally plucked up the courage to follow his dreams to quit farming and become an artist – after ten years of mastering the craft of creating skulls from any material he could get his hands on.
Scott’s obsession with skulls has been a life-long fascination and now consumes his entire artistic outlet.
Scott said: “I have collected skulls all my life and have always been fascinated by the notion that the skull is the box that holds the soul of the body. It is a delicate frame of intricate natural structural engineering, a perfect blend of form and function, so strong yet so delicate in its design.”
With his extensive knowledge of the shape and form of skulls, and his artistic ambition as his guide, the ex-farmer set out to craft something truly unbelievable, a giant skull made from 600 colourful pencils.
Scott said: “The pencil skull took me several weeks to make but most of that time was taken up by laboriously building the block, adding a layer at a time and then cleaning the surface and drying time before laying down the next layer.
“It takes about six weeks to make a block normally. It will take me a day to cut down the block and mark out the skull on the surface and visualise the final shape of the block. Another day will see it roughed out, then another day to refine the features and add teeth. Then a full day of scraping and sanding it smooth and then several coats of lacquer to finish.
“Finishing a skull is always a good feeling. The finishing of the skull is a time to sit and carefully examine the finished skull.
Quite often I notice a change I would like to make but I don’t strive for perfection, I don’t aim for a completely perfect finish. I have no interest in producing something that has no trace of its origins or the marks it took to make it.
I leave just enough tiny foot prints on the surface to show that it is real, it was made by hand and is truly unique.”