Wednesday, 1 July 2015

#648 Modeling a Moose and waypoints . . . con't

Please start with Blog # 644 for more information about this series of posts about anatomy.

Moose are the largest members of the deer family with broad, palmate antlers, long legs,
and a bulbous-shaped nose and like most quadrupeds, walk on their toes.

When I'm blocking in a sculpture of a quadruped, the first form, proportion, placement, waypoint,
 and bony landmark that I identify on my subject is always the scapula and where it joins the humerus.
I pay special attention to the silhouette on the top line caused by the the bulge of the scapula.
It is where the humerus joins the scapula that is paramount and of special interest to me when starting a block-in.
Next, the pelvic bone is considered and where the femur joins the pelvis and where the knee articulates.

Note:  In man the scapula is fixed, in quadrupeds it moves forward and backward as the animal moves.

Below, is a rough clay block-in of a moose showing waypoints and bony landmarks.
Notice, the three waypoints in the pelvic bone region"  The highest point is the top of the hipbone; the middle
is where the femur attaches to the pelvis with a ball socket joint; and the rearward waypoint is the part of the hipbone called the ischium.  As I work toward completion, I will constantly compare the clay model with the skeleton.

Notice where the scapula joins the humerus, where the humerus joins  the radius/ulna at the elbow, and where the radius/elbow joins the wrist.  Also, notice where the femur is attached to the hipbone, where the femur joins the
tibia/fibula at the knee, and where the tibia/fibula joins at the ankle.

Below, is a small clay sketch of a moose in progress, created recently in one sitting.

Below,  is a bronze casting of the small moose shown above in clay.

Below, are 2 photos taken recently in Yellowstone.

Go to the BLOG INDEX and Reference Page for more information.  See post #616 and #655

Blog, text, photos, drawings, and sculpture . . . © Sandy Scott and Trish

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