Artists need reference. When one works only from memory there's always need for help. I know artists who travel far distances to study their subjects and some who must have live models for their work. I appreciate that need and often am humbled at how much reference material I actually use. Today I learn from a "social media" website that there are several elk just down the street from the studio! Of course it's perfect timing as I'm working on an elk sculpture commission. I jump in the car, run down and am able to see them resting in the shade of a tree, playing around and having nap time. What a great opportunity. Two images I snapped are below along with an updated image of the clay elk nearing completion.