Giraffes come from an ancient mammal form, which is much more massive in the shoulders than the hindquarters. This produces a run with a thrust emanating from a pulling action. Most of the current mammals are more massive in the hindquarters producing a thrust or pushing action from behind.
Before I start a sculpture I commit myself to research. I studied giraffe behavior, biology, feeding patterns and herd interactions. I found out that there are actually seven subspecies of giraffes located in different areas throughout Africa. That really surprised me. You can tell the difference between these giraffes by their coat patterns. I chose to sculpt the reticulated giraffe which has very rectangular and clearly defined edges to its spots.
"African Elegance"Running Giraffe Bull, Ed.