Initially I wanted to carve a still life composition, and found two artist who caught my attention the first was Lon Etzel who carves Western Inspired realism (subject matter that I am quite fond of).
I began getting interested in the idea of carving bones, and Nick showed me a piece done by Michelangelo that was vary inspiring. It is just a small bit of ornament on a large tomb that Michelangelo was commissioned to design but it really stuck out to me, especially the detail of the bones.
I was further inspired by the detail of a designer named Grinling Gibbons.
All this inspiration lead to a culmination of my ideas.
I combined the basic design concept of Michelangelo, but wanted to include some foliage inspired by Grinling. Ultimately the skull will be the toughest piece to tackle and I look forward to the challenge.
|This is the piece of Italian|
|Squaring the piece of marble to a workable|
|Cutting the Piece into an oval|
|Squaring the sides of the oval and outlining the coyote skull|
|First layer of the background has been cut down.|