Preliminary sketches for sculpture


Red Kite head sketch

Red Kite study    Red kite preliminary sketch for sculpture

Sculpture often begins with drawings.  These quick, scratchy sketches help to clarify the pose, rythm and feel I would like in my sculpture.  Also, in looking closely at the bird, to draw it, I learn exactly how it is made up – how it holds its wings, how the feathers lie, what happens when it stretches its neck to give voice, the look in its eye – all these in some way I would like to capture in stone.  I look hard, I draw, I feel the bird, I am the bird, I sculpt, carve in a frenzy and summon all my bird self to invest the stone with essence of Red Kite.



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