Above: Martin Frobisher, my new polar bear "life drawing" model. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I collect plastic toys for "still life-drawing." You'll remember that Gert, my rubber chicken puppet falls in this category. Recently I acquired another model and I'm totally smitten.
With this type of model, size really does matter. I am always looking for something that is large enough to sit away from and still see lots of detail. Hence my lust for "that doggie in the window" at Old Navy.
Polar bears have long been one of my favorite animals to sketch. When my parents lived in St. Louis, Missouri, I went so often to sketch the polar bears at the zoo that the staff recognized me even after the long gaps when I was off to school.
In France I found Lewis and Clark. (You can see them in the "plastic toys" link in this post.) I've been thrilled to have them. But now I have Martin Frobisher. He is a mammoth (in toy size) 10.5 inches long and about 4.75 inches tall at his tallest point. I think he was a "Safari" toy (I can't locate an imprint on his body), but the tag wasn't saved. (He cost about $15.00, where I found him at Michael's.)
I've only done a couple quick brush sketches of him up to this point. (I'm switching eyeglass prescriptions at present and there is an adjustment phase for me.) I look forward to books full of his handsome face. I'm confident you'll be seeing him on journal pages. I thought he warranted an introduction.