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Preparing for a Duck Stamp Competition! (2/4)

Author: Larry Seiler, Contributing Editor

In my sketching, I often think in terms of two-point perspective, and build a drawing from rectangles, blocks and cylinders to help understand the volume the mass of this bird would consume

Let me give a couple quick demos here how I do a geometric study. I begin with a rectangle, add a lower level or shelf for which the neck will attach and sit erect upon. On that a circle for the head.

You can see the progression here, and I build the shapes up eventually darkening the contour lines that finally represent the bird.

The eye is placed back from the top of the bill...and the distance from that top corner of the bill to the eye equals the distance of the space from the top corner to the lower base of the corner of the bill's mouth.

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