This is the 'life-size' revolving base board for the model. 165 cm dia. The fragile stickers are to warn the model not to put any weight on the outer rim and avoid tipping.
The model (who prefers not to be shown on a public blog), came to sit on Sunday 26th May. Once he was posed, I took some reference photographs and basic measurements. Many of the dimensions involve points which are marked on the large board as a plumb line and height. For example, to find the angle of the shoulders, I drop plumb lines from each side and mark them on the board with accompanying heights. To re-create this in the maquette, I make a board 4 times smaller (see on bottom right of photograph and details in next post)), scale my my grid lines and find the same points at .25 life-size. Of course, this is not an exact science, but it is good enough to make a fairly accurate armature (steel frame for the clay to be modelled over) for the maquette with enough room to move the form about.
fragment of history
1774. On 16th March, Matthew Flinders is born in Donington, Lincolnshire, UK. This is the landscape he grew up looking at.