“I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy at Christmas time. I wasn’t keen on the way that Marvel has made Groot, so I decided to do my own version of him.

It started out as a clay sculpt. I then cut him into bits and had 6 pieces in silicon block. It went through quite a lot of silicon! The limbs and the head are cast and fast cast and the torso is fibreglass because it weighed something like 5 kilos in clay. Fibreglass was a better option because it’s just as strong and its hollow. The legs and arms were then bolted on.

It wasn’t until it got the paint on that it started to come to life, because the fibreglass is black. When I got the primer on I started to really see it happen.

Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out later this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing their version of Groot. This has been my favourite project by far.“