I’ve written before about the connections I see between the fine arts and modeling. In fact, TMC Vol. 10 (available now) covers that subject in-depth. These days I look at a building, a piece of rolling stock or landscape element as distinctive objects that have a recognizable likeness, just like a person’s face.

Casper Fohl's flour mill Cedar Grove, IN 8-07-'08 wr

With that mindset, modeling said object becomes an exercise in capturing that likeness just as a portrait artist strives to capture the features of a person’s face. Modeling presents an opportunity to do an in-depth study of the individual object as it exists in the world, rather than cranking out some generic facsimile.

This isn’t a new theme for the blog, as long term readers will know but it’s one that has multiple layers of depth to explore. I’ve reached a point where I’m asking some serious questions about what I’m doing with this craft today and what I might do in the future. Do I proceed down the same old road or take a stroll down another that looks interesting?

I’ve been looking at the activities in other modeling disciplines and thinking about what they might offer to our craft. I have no answers as yet, just a sense that a positive change is on the horizon.