How quick and rough can a maquette be and still provide useful lighting information?
Oviraptor maquette on the left is sketched in plasticine modeling clay, with a marble stuck in for the eye. It took me less than an hour to sculpt. I set it up with a strong rim light and a weaker frontal light source.
You can see those two sources reflected in the eyeball, both in the maquette and the final painting.
I was looking for how the two sources would interact with the form. I didn't choose to follow the reference exactly -- I didn't bring the edge light as far into the form.
A maquette like this is not a keeper. The clay goes back into the primordial mud for next time.
More on maquettes in Imaginative Realism. (Amazon) (signed from my store)
The painting is from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (Amazon) or (signed from my store)