|Sketching tortoise's shell.|
The past couple weeks, I've been steadily working on my own picture book. Some questions which keep appearing in my head consist of:
- Can a tortoise REALLY balance like that?
- If a giraffe could move like that, how would his legs bend?
- Should the tortoise have a top hat?
I want my characters to look playful, but have some realistic value, so the top hat is a no-go. As for movement questions, I cannot rely on image searches, nor do I have regular interactions with these animals, so I'm making my own models:
|Giraffe skeleton doodle (left) and giraffe wire armature.|
I'm still working on this little guy (above). So far, I've bulked up his torso to help me with scale. Ideally, the giraffe will serve as a resource for consistent spot placement... same with the tortoise, who's still in the works - currently just a paper shell form.
I am looking for some assistance with one of my animal studies. The giraffe has been VERY helpful, but now I am in need of a Wildebeest. The Harvard Museum of Natural History has a taxidermy wildebeest on display, but I haven't had any success finding a skeletal study. If anyone has a reference I can follow or can point out a good resource, you'll get a *gold star from me!
*Gold star not actually "gold" but faux gold glitter. Also, it's paper.