Lets take a look at the armature for this piece:
The armature consists of three main parts.
First there as a heavy base with a removable steel rod. The rod will be hidden by the bird's feathers.
The figure will be supported by a basic 14 gage wire armature with tubing placed over the wire for more stability.
The support rod and the figure armature will be connected by a tube which will slip over the support rod and be attached to the the body armature at the spine.
This is my simplified proportions chart which. We will use the head to scale the rest of the body. The nice thing about this chart is that it is drawn to scale on a sheet of printer paper so by following the layout on a simple 1:1 scale, I can make my figure about 11-12" tall without the need of a scaled chart.
Next time we will build the armature.
Along with this tutorial, I will keep you posted on other work as I go.