Friday, January 29, 2016
The shield design is partially from one I found while researching on the web but I modified it quite a bit from the original. Instead of domed tacks, this time I use some very small brass bells. Such things were actual trade items Native Americans sought for decoration.
There are more photos in the Gallery and I will look forward to your comments as I always do.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
With that shield and the hanging feathers this piece stands a little over "14 inches with the base. Nice! I've mentioned before that working in a larger scale not only gives you the chance to concentrate on details but it elevates your work to a higher level.
As I seem to be moving toward the more realistic figure, one area needs to be addressed and that is the eyes. On this figure I think they are a little large which is why I decided to do the facial painting as a solid black strip to reduce their appearance. That pretty well corrected their size. Yesterday afternoon I worked on a new head, reducing the size of the eyes and it really changed the whole appearance of the piece which was exactly what I was looking for.
The beading design is my own and the feathers hanging from the shield are based on those of a Red Tailed Hawk. The head feathers are large and out of scale but they balance the piece...the off-set shield pulls the eye one way but the feathers pull them back to the center. The base is walnut and I'm trying a new routed edge to accommodate the name plate.
There are more photos in the Gallery and I'll look forward to your comments.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
This is about 12" tall with the base. A really nice size. There are more photos of him in the Gallery and, as always, I will look forward to your comments.
There are a few more photos in the Gallery and, as always, your comments are appreciated.