Friday, December 7, 2007

Details begun...

I was think about how I am probably one of the few sculptors who really leave some big aspects for last. I've noticed that others really like to put the "character" into things like the face first. I think the only horse sculpture I've really done that with was Godiva. My focus on head shapes tends to be mostly just basic measurements.. but I tend to leave things like the size of jaw, shape of eyes, muzzle etc pretty bland until I'm happy with the overall horse proportions. It's primarily how I tend to measure (the jaw depth does screw me up some - like in this case and in Flitwick's and Duke's cases IIRC). Mostly though it's just what I lump into "detail" work. I think a lot of it also has to do with how I envision something in progress. I personally know the finally "look" of the character I'm going for. I think that's the best way to explain it really.

Anyhow, the bottom line is I've started what I think of as "feminizing" her face by drastically reducing the beef of the jaw. I've spent a good deal of time in the past couple of days really studying the amount of emphasis I want to place on certain facial features. I've completely rounded down the eye orbits in many ways but probably will want to fiddle with them some more (I don't want a surprised or 'big eyed' look - I also don't want a sleepy draft look that even some hunters over fences can sometimes have - I want a focused look.. that has been a tad tricky to even find great refs for).

Righto, so my fingers are numb and cold so I'll shut up now. :D Here are a coupla links I snagged off of the COTH forum about draft crosses since I was having fun surfing and actually remembered to save them for this post. :)

Most are too heavy or are pony crosses so they don't apply much here excepting to show delightful all around horses and some details. Too many thoughts to log down here though. Sorry!

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