I was not entirely happy with the last duck I made. To me it looks that it is in 2 parts; the head and body and then the wings and tail. This abrupt change, the diagonal line is not right, and if you see ducks taking off or even pictures and models of them, then duck 1 is a poor representation. Not being happy is often the artists’ or craftspersons’ way. It is what drives us forward to experiment.
I know that these birds are stylised representations but I would like to present a slightly better representational depiction of them. My main aim is to capture the essence of the creature, to bring it to life somehow. To me I am a long way off and I may never reach it. You may or may not agree, but this is how I see my work.
I made another one, which took me twice as long. If you have made fan birds or know how they are made then you will see why. I think this one is a little better, but will have to have another few goes. Anyway, this is an interesting process and some different tool techniques are coming into being.
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