You can never have enough reference. It is something I say often in my life as a sculptor. I spent hours learning about seeing eye dogs, talking to the Seeing Eye in New Jersey, watching video of how a dog walks. I studied the anatomy of a walking dog and reviewed many movies. There were changes and modifications that we made after approval and I pulled the love of dogs, the love of some specific dogs and the love for seeing eye dogs into one clay sculpture that would be made into a bronze. This was no easy task. This dog probably had a little of my own love and loss. While creating it my family suffered a horrible tragedy. My daughter and son in law's house burned down and their family dog, Sam was lost. Sam was a rescue dog that I fostered for years before they adopted her. So as I labored over this dog, I thought about Sam. Lots of love went into this dog. Here are some photographs of the progress of creating John's dog.
|You can never have enough reference. Along with these I had|
about 10 movies of walking dogs.
|Adding the dog to the scene was not an easy task. Often|
sculpting means a little bit of acrobatics.
|Carve, add clay, step back, crawl on the floor, look at reference,|
carve, add clay, step back cut something off, move it, add clay.
This is what I do all day long.
|Just as I moved around John, I moved around|
the dog, adding clay, carving foam, moving
limbs. This is my sculptor's dance.
|Much to do. And remember the harness|
and John's hand must line up.
|Off with his/her head. After crawling around|
on the floor, it feel good to sit in a chair and work.