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Wolves

Artists create deadly animal art. Mike and Michelle demonstrate how to build howling wolf sculptures.


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I'm Steve Backshall and this is Deadly Art.

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I'm lucky enough to travel the world tracking deadly animals.

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But in this show I'm picking 25 of my favourites.

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Challenging my team of deadly artists to recreate a killer moment.

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You'll get to make some art yourself and in the final show,

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my team and I are going to choose which animals will make it

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into my Deadly Art gallery.

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This is no ordinary art show - this is Deadly Art!

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On today's Deadly Art,

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I meet a classic hunter in the forests of Norway.

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Utterly ferocious!

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My team push art to the limit in today's challenge.

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I think we go dramatic with this one.

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And you can make your own deadly art at home.

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Today's animal is the largest wild member of the dog family.

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And just wait till you see their deadly side.

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We're looking at grey wolves, also known as Arctic or timber wolves.

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Wolves have incredible stamina,

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they can run for miles and miles without getting tired

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which means that once they've chosen their prey,

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it has very little chance of escape.

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Time to meet the Deadly Art team,

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who are ready and waiting in the studio.

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Hey, I'm Mike, I'm a cartoon artist.

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I like turning my drawings into stencils...

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and making them deadly!

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I'm Michelle and I just love being creative.

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I'm all about getting stuck in and making stuff.

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In just a moment, you'll join me in Norway

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when I have a close encounter with a grey wolf.

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Ooh!

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I think I might have moved a little bit too fast there.

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But now, here's the killer moment I'd like my artists to recreate.

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And the artwork must include these three essential elements.

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First, teamwork.

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Wolves have a keen hunting instinct

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and they'll instantly home in on any animal which leaves its herd.

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They'll then bring it down with their powerful jaws.

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Teeth. Wolves have 42 sharp teeth, which is ten more than humans.

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These combine with powerful jaws and incredible stamina

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to make them highly efficient hunting machines.

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And howl. Wolves are famous for their spine-tingling howls.

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HOWLING

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Howls are used to communicate within the pack

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or to warn other, neighbouring packs not to come too close

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and they can be heard as much as ten kilometres away!

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So, Mike and Michelle, let's see what you come up with.

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Wow, what a fantastic picture.

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-Check out those razor-sharp teeth and the menacing snarl.

-Yeah.

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We can incorporate those elements into our art.

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-Definitely.

-Take a look at this picture.

-Yeah, the piercing howl.

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If that's how they communicate, we should do two.

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-One howling and one prowling!

-I am loving it and I think we go big,

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dramatic with this one. How about using wood?

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Yeah, actually, that could work.

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We could do lots of detail with the teeth and the fur.

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-Loving it. Let's get to work!

-Let's do it!

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Time for some more Deadly Art.

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Mike and Michelle are on a mission to turn sheets of wood into wolves.

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OK, so we've got all of our materials laid out.

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Now let's get going with our two big, dramatic wolf models.

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So I'm going to start with the wolf's leg.

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We'll leave Mike and Michelle sketching their wolves.

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But I'm off to the Arctic Circle in Norway

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and a chance to get really close to some grey wolves,

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who are being studied by a biologist called Tess.

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As they're approaching...

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they're chatting to each other.

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Just kind of figuring out who's going to be the first to be allowed,

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probably to come in and talk to Tess, not to me.

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-Hello.

-Stay.

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Hello. Oh, wow.

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OK. Now they're starting to build up their confidence.

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They're still playing with each other,

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there's still definitely some nerves going on.

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The fighting, the nipping, the scratching, the biting,

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it all has a real function of keeping the team together

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and keeping everyone in their right positions.

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It also gives you a really good look at those teeth.

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The canines are huge!

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Utterly ferocious.

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Tess knows each wolf and their different personalities.

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As they come closer, they greet her by licking her face.

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Although they might seem very much like domestic dogs,

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these wolves are still wild animals

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and our movements have to be slow and cautious.

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I mustn't let myself forget how deadly these animals really are.

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And the wolves are quick to remind me of who's in charge.

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Go on. Look!

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Ooh!

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I think I might have moved a little bit too fast there.

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And just got snapped at.

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Just show that there's nothing in my hands.

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Wow.

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Just a...

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Just a nibble but even so.

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As individuals, wolves are awesome predators

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but it's when they come together as a pack that they are really deadly.

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The way they come together,

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particularly before a hunt, is using a howl.

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I'm going to try that now and see if I can get these guys to join in.

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-Here we go.

-Give it a go.

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THEY HOWL

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WOLVES HOWL

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HE HOWLS

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The howl can be heard by other wolves over six miles away

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and also acts as a warning signal to rival pack to stay away.

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WOLVES HOWL

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That was totally awe-inspiring.

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Just like our Deadly Art.

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How are Mike and Michelle getting on with their wolves?

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So we've used our paper templates to draw our big shapes on to the wood.

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All right. Let's cut them out.

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Deadly Art is always extreme

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and it wouldn't be the same without some power tool action.

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But remember, don't try this at home.

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Let's join Mike now,

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who's going to show you how to draw your very own wolf.

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It's Deadly Doodle time.

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Just grab our pencils. This one is simple, all about letters.

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So we're going to start with a big M in the middle of our paper.

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M for Mike.

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From then on out, it's all Vs.

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A big V for the ear on the side. More Vs for the fur.

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That zig zag line is for the scruff of the neck.

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We're done with the pencil. Let's get a big, thick marker

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and we'll add in the details.

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Let's start with the deadly teeth.

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Get those right.

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Now we'll go on to the nose...

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..which leads you to the mouth.

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Come back around for the chin.

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Bring that back down for another V.

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Let's go back over those Vs with some nice, big, thick strokes.

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Now we're going to do the bridge of the nose.

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So that's just a few curved shapes, one big hump for the eyebrow.

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Now we're going to add in the ear, here,

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which kind of looks like a leaf.

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Come back for the back over here with some other big, thick strokes.

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What we need to add here is the eye. So that's another V.

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We'll colour in the mouth...

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so it looks wide open.

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There you have it, a simple, deadly, howling wolf.

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Great doodle, Mike. Make sure you DO try that at home.

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We've cut out our wooden shapes. Now it's time for the fun bit.

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We'll piece them together.

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You can really see how big these beasts are going to be.

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This is the size of just one of his legs!

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And check out this, Mike. This is going to be his head.

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These are going to look great! And more power tools!

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I've finished drilling the shapes that can't be slotted together.

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Time to start spray painting. How are you getting on?

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Yep, er... Almost finished painting. I've just got this back leg to do.

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-And the head?

-There's a special treatment for that.

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I'll show you later.

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-Hm! Chuck us the can, then.

-Sure.

-Cheers.

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The wolves are starting to look deadly.

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But right now, here's Michelle with a DIY.

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I'm using Mike's wolf drawing to create our Deadly DIY.

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We're going to place this on a black piece of card

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and secure it down with a bit of masking tape at the top...

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and at the bottom.

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And then, using a scalpel, I'm going to cut around the edges of the wolf.

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Starting off with its big, sharp teeth.

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Whilst you're cutting out, be careful,

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because we're cutting through the card.

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So make sure you've got something sturdy underneath

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so you don't ruin any furniture.

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Now, I'm using a scalpel but you can use scissors.

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If you do choose to use a scalpel, get an adult to help you.

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Make sure, when you're cutting, you press really hard

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so it goes right through the card.

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And be very careful with your fingers whilst you're cutting.

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I'm not going to cut right down to the bottom.

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And you'll see why I do this a little later on.

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Just going to leave it there...

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then carry on with the top.

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And now we've cut round the outline of the wolf,

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I'm going to cut the Vs in the middle and the eye

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and you'll see why I'm doing this a bit later on.

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So once you've cut all the way around, inside and out,

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you're going to...

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take the tape off the top and remove the excess paper, like this.

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When you get to the bottom, just gently...

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rip it off. Like that.

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So now, to add some colour, I've got some chalk.

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I'm going to use a bit of yellow, white and blue.

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Start off with the yellow

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and just very carefully shade around our wolf,

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taking it right to the edges of the black card

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and I'm kind of doing it in like a circular motion.

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And this is really going to help the wolf stand out.

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I'm just mixing the chalk colours like this.

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It gives a really great effect.

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So on top of the white, I'm just putting a bit of blue.

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Can you see how all the colours are mixing really nicely together?

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We're going to take off the white piece of paper

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and you'll be left with the wolf outline that you cut out before.

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You're going to remove these V shapes,

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so you're left with the holes.

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And now for the clever bit,

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I've cut a circle out of a cream piece of card

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and this is going to slot behind our wolf.

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And there we have our deadly, howling wolf silhouette.

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Fantastic DIY, Michelle. Now, back to Mike with our big Deadly Art.

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This prowling wolf is almost finished. It looks pretty deadly.

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To define the features of the face,

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I'm going to use a technique called blowtorching,

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which is really simple. It's just heat and wood.

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And what it gives is really nice, contrasting colours on the face.

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Our artists are trained professionals.

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Don't do this at home!

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And the wolves are ready.

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You know, I think these wolves turned out pretty well.

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-Good call, using the wood.

-Yeah, the models look so menacing,

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the way we've positioned them.

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Now, you know, speaking of position,

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seeing as we have a howler and a prowler, we have covered Teamwork.

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-And check out the prowler's teeth. They are vicious.

-Yeah.

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-Steve came pretty close to those!

-Yeah.

-Job done!

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Well, I think there's one last thing we need.

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-And that's a wintery location.

-Awesome.

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So, it's time for the big reveal.

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Remember, this is the killer moment I challenged my artists to recreate.

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So let's take a look at the finished art.

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Oh, that is spectacular!

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This is truly deadly and it includes all my essential elements.

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I wasn't expecting snow but it really helps create the atmosphere.

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The wolves look stunning silhouetted against a cold winter's moon.

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The position of that wolf really shows those fierce gnashers

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from my killer moment.

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Love the second wolf in mid-howl,

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maybe ready to rally the rest of the pack to hunt down dinner.

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You can get a real sense of the pack teamwork here.

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Well done, Mike and Michelle! Art doesn't get any deadlier than this.

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That's a top Deadly Rating from me

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but will it make it into my Deadly Gallery?

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Maybe. See you next time for more Deadly Art.

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