Wednesday, 19 February 2014

#506 In the studio: field guides and reference

Start this series with post # 503, Feb. 5, 2014

Roger Tory Peterson's classic Field Guide to the Birds in 1934 quickly became the most practical field guide ever written.  Simple and complete . . . it was a new kind of bird guide which emphasized the characteristics 
of birds when seen at a distance.  See previous blog for more info.

Below, is an image from Peterson's field guide.

Peterson's famous system is based on pattern drawing, field marks, comparisons between species, 
and identification of a bird's silhouette.

Below, are bird silhouette drawings from my sketchbook.

The system became so popular that it found its way into most field guides
published since and has become the universally accepted standard around the world.

Below, are more of the many field guides on the market for the artist and bird lover . . . see previous post for more info.

The role of research and reference is to inspire thoughts and help solve anatomical issues and proportion.  
I become as familiar as I can with the species I'm modeling through live models, taxidermy mounts, videos, zoo specimens, study skins, skulls and bones . . . whatever I can find that makes me live, think, dream, 
see, feel, understand, and express the animal I'm working on.

I have found that a sketchbook and photography is invaluable reference for "in the field" 
experience when choosing a pose or gesture. . . both serve as a memory jog.

Below, is the clay model - in progress - of "Little Blue Heron".

Below, is the sculpture cast in bronze.

Little Blue Heron

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