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.  

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