The common pheasant is a beautiful bird that can be seen regularly in the British country side or in our back gardens, eating our new flowers. The Pheasant cock is an an amazing bird with his contrasting colours and flared feathers when he is excited. I have been interested in birds for most of my life and have wanted to make a sculpture of a bird right from the beginning of my journey as a steel sculptor, so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to make a pheasant sculpture as a gift for a local game keeper.
Having done my research I decided that I wanted to catch the excitement of the pheasant in motion so went for a pose that brought out the life and movement of this beautiful bird and showed it off in all its glory. This pheasant sculpture captures the mood of the bird and can be interpreted in multiple ways. Is he showing off to a hen nearby? Is he flexing his muscles to warn off another bird? Whatever his mood, you can feel his excitement and that is what I love to bring out in my sculptures. Being able to express myself in this way makes me perform at my best and will get me pumped up to do the best work possible.
This project has taken me some time to complete as I wanted to get it right. I start off by researching the subject; in this case a pheasant cock. I study the bird in as many ways as I can and let my imagination fill with ideas and excitement and then I choose a pose and start. Getting the scale right is one of the most important parts of making a sculpture like this, well it is for me anyway. Only when I’ve researched enough can I start and then I just let the energy that I’ve been building up inside come out of me and flow into the metal. Its one of the most amazing feelings watching a sculpture come to life.
Here you can see the pheasant sculpture on my work bench while I was busy with it.
Once I finished the fabrication work on the sculpture, I took it with me on a journey so that I could photograph it in different places, so I can give you an image in your imagination of what it would look like in different settings.
This has been an amazing project to work on and I hope you enjoy the photos. If you’d like to find out more about sculpture please CLICK HERE