Sunday, 28 June 2015

#647 Modeling a Grizzly and waypoints . . . con't

Start with post #644 for more information on this series of posts about anatomy.

While sculpting an animal with thick fur or hair such as a grizzly, the waypoints and bony landmarks can be hard to see . . . but the sculptor must always organize the sculpture by indicating the skeletal structure with quadruped waypoints.

The fur tracts should be studied carefully in order to avoid a shapeless mass . . . indicating waypoints prevents this.
Show where the joints articulate by breaking the fur patterns in the right place . . . even if you don't see them.
I've obtained great reference by observing and photographing grizzlies emerging from the water in Alaska.

While a bear's skeletal proportion is unique, the muscular form compares with other quadrupeds such as dogs.
The animal has a high shoulder, an up-tilted pelvis, and is heavily muscled.

Below, is a small clay model in progress of a Grizzly.

Below, an image of the above sculpture cast in bronze.

Below, is an image of the bronze sculpture, "Tail Hook".

Below, is an image of and early monumental bronze sculpture, "Chum Run".

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

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