The Opportunist: a paper clay process

I am not an animal artist. But lately I find myself wanting to create art using animal imagery. I went to Costa Rica this year and saw lots of their animals. I made me think of our own Oregon animals and how I take them for granted. So I am honoring them, one by one as they cross my path.

Today I struggle to capture this raccoon (The Opportunist) in paper clay. Stay tuned to see if it all works out...and wish me luck. I won't really know what I have until I paint it.

First I always sculpt the main image and let it dry.
Then I add the surroundings.