Friday, December 7, 2007
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. :)