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Big Cat Anatomy Sculpture. The ideal tool for artists who want to learn animal anatomy.
Big Cat Anatomy Sculpture. The ideal tool for artists who want to learn animal anatomy.
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3/4 view of casted sculpture
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My passion for animal anatomy started with my first visit to the Louvre in Paris in 1986.  It was there that I discovered the work of Antoine Louis Barye. His animal sculptures contained so much power, energy and beauty that I just fell in love with his work. Many artists before him tried to depict animals but they were never very convincing especially with the big cats. Then I learned Barye's love for sculpting was equal to his love for anatomy. I believe it was his anatomical knowledge that gave him the tools to become that great artist that he was. 

Today there are many books on the subject of animal anatomy and if you want to go even deeper with your studies there are classes and videos showing animal dissections.  Live dissection is probably the best way to learn because you have the real thing in front of you, but that experience is not easy to come by. So the closest thing to live dissection, in my opinion, is anatomy sculpture.

Finding good animal anatomy sculptures has been quite challenging. And finding a big cat anatomy sculpture seems near to impossible. Professionally I am an animator and anatomy consultant at Dreamworks Animation. Given my background and experience I felt compelled to sculpt the lioness.

artist's signature in base
artist's signature in base

I began sculpting my lioness anatomy model in Zbrush. From there I worked with a 3D printing company to print and cast a copy using a light grey resin. The finished size of the model is 11 inches in length and displays all the superficial muscles. I tried to reproduce the correct shapes and arrangement of the muscles and at the same time give some life to the animal by pushing the design a bit. 

This sculpture will be a tool for artists to gain a better and deeper understanding of animals in general.  With your help we would be able to make available my sculpture to all artists and those interested in learning about and studying animal anatomy. 

Sculpture can be shown as fine art
Sculpture can be shown as fine art

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If this project is successfully backed I can begin producing the sculptures. Depending on production time, quality inspection and shipping - all these factors will affect delivery time that is estimated to be within 3-5 months.

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