Wednesday, 22 May 2013

#428 In the studio: Bird anatomy, con't . . .

Please start this bird anatomy series with post #403, March 10.

Below is a clarified drawing of a hawk with folded wings.  
Feather groups such as coverts impart definite shape, form, and thickness to the bird.
Feather groups are critical information to understand because they shape the contour of the bird . . .
Feathers modify the skeletal configuration considerably.
Every bird has the same groupings, from the tiny songbird to the largest hawk.

Below are two recent works.
Solitude depicts a quiet pose with closed wings . . .
notice how the stiff primaries separate the dove's tail feathers.
Reflection and Resolve shows various feather groupings around the head.

10"H 10"W 8"D

Reflection and Resolve
7"H 8"W 6"D

All sculpture and drawings - copyright Sandy Scott

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