Having recently celebrated our son’s 2nd birthday, I was reflecting on one of the effect the boy and I have had on each other. Over the past 2 years he’s shown a growing fascination in dinosaurs via books, toys, shows and such. He can’t write his name yet but he can point out and tell you what’s a Troodon (tro-adon), Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, and a Pterodactyl (AND he told me just today that he can speak Whale). Over the past 2 years my son has caused me to unearth my own fossilized interest in dinosaurs. Come to think of it, as far back as I can remember (which is still a few years older than he is now) dinosaurs have always amazed me. Is it merely coincidence that my only “ink” is of a dragon behind my shoulder? Only if it’s merely coincidence that Jurassic Park is the best movie… ever.
I’m working on my biggest sculpture so far: an 18″ dinosaur!
Initially I wasn’t sure whether to make it life-like or robotic. Among those I asked, their answers were unanimous to make a robot dinosaur. I agree that a Grimlock looking sculpture would be fantastic! Instead, I made it life-like… sorry… executive decision. There are a few reasons, the main one being Palm Beach Sculpture. It’s the only local foundry and seems like a great resource for a sculptor. I’m afraid a random box in the mail the size of a basketball get’s handled like a basketball. I’ve seen it… and I’ve done it so I really think shipping a piece like this needs to be avoided (never say never though).
Another reason for making a life-like dinosaur was to get all up-in the detail of a real “live” animal first. When I sculpt a dinobot I’ll have this experience to draw on.
Currently, I’m dickering with the minutiae, carving scales, wrinkles and folds. I’ve been trying to imagine how it’s skin would move, trying to picture how it’s muscles would stretch out and squish. I’m trying to determine the calloused areas from the everyday dinosaur grind. He’s meant to look big and heavy.
It’s not done, and I’m looking at some areas that I had considered “finished” yesterday only to determine that they’re not quite right today.
I’ve been looking at it too long and need fresh eyes.
A detail I specifically left out of this post is “Side B” (the other side of the dinosaur). It’s for me to deal with but between you and me, trying to make side A look like side B is damn-near maddening sometimes. Looking at one side, then the other side, then the first side again… trying to figure out what’s not quite right for some unnameable reason… or are my eyes crooked?