This baby bald eagle sculpture is one of three that will be sculpted for a life size bronze that will include both parents and nest.
Once I am done sculpting the eaglets I will pose them in their nest and figure out how I want the parent eagles posed. The nest will be just big enough to balance the composition. I understand that some bald eagle nest can be as wide as ten feet.
The baby bald eagle sculpture was created in the following steps.
1. I used aluminum foil to create the body. Most of the body blank consists of air pockets.
2. To create the wings I used a soft 1/8 aluminum wire to form the out line of the wings. Next I took aluminum foil and wrapped the wings.
3. The skull and and beak were then sculpted, pay more attention to the beak since I knew the skull section would later acquire downy texture.
4. The eyes were created by taking glass beads I took from my wife’s costume jewelry. (just do not tell her)
5. Now that the rough armature was ready, I took a one inch paint brush and applied melted Chavant NSP hard clay from the crockpot. The first layer was very rough in order to create the scratch coat. I later applied 2-4 more coats in order to build on the mass. I used images I located throughout the web for my reference study.
6. Once I had my rough baby bald eagle sculpture I used my electric hot wax pen to introduce the detail around the eyes.
7. To create the downy (I do not think this is the correct word for the baby bird fuzz) texture I used a 1/4″ firm paint brush with a good bounce while using a stippling motion.
That is it for now, I will revisit the Baby bald eagle sculpture in a few days and alter anything I do not care for.
I will video the next Baby bald eagle sculpture process for those that are interested in watching the techniques.