I work on this a few hours each week, so not a lot of progress so far.
I’ve done more on his face and you can see the start of the trunk in the alternating light and dark areas there. I also started the first of the surrounding motifs. These are done in half cross stitch so they appear lighter in color and go a little faster. This one will have a small hut in the middle and palm trees across the top. I’ll post again when the motif on the left is done and his head is also completed.