Beginning the wall-mounted sculpture starts with a clay model that helps to better visualize the piece before I start carving the wood.
Checking out the composition of the owl on the carved tree.
This is the time to make any changes to the general composition. At this stage everything is foundational. A mistake this early in the process would be very hard to fix later.
All the carving of feather detail is complete
Once the feather detail and texturing is complete, the whole piece is sealed and then primed for painting.
The painting begins
The first step after priming the wood is to add shadows that will add depth to the final piece. Multiple thin washes of color are added to slowly build up the intensity and to prevent any obvious transition areas between two colors. These colors are the foundation for all the detail that comes next.
Finally done with the great little owl.
I want every new piece that I do to be better than the last. I challenge myself. I feel that the toughest goals push out of your comfort zone. Only there will you discover and unlock hidden potential.