How to make a blue tit.

How to make a blue tit...

Final model for approval

Final model for approval

I start by sculpting the paper into the basic form of the blue tit using photographic images for reference. My client had a very clear brief that the bird had to be facing to the right and also fit nicely within the square format they use for the magazine cover.

Construction begins.

Construction begins.

Feathering the paper.

Feathering the paper.

Once the main body was created I then spent some time cutting out the individual elements by hand and feathering them with the scalpel. I felt it was important that the feathers were all different so that it retained a really handmade natural feel.

The client then needed to approve the final model before I set it up for shooting.

Setting up for final image.

Setting up for final image.