I found this long bone near the reservoir about a month ago. I think it’s a leg bone from a muntjac deer. We have quite a few of these curious little creatures round here.When we first arrived we saw a decomposing body up on one of the tracks. I didn’t then have the presence of mind to drag it back home. I might now :) Stubbs would have.
I had not really looked at it before today and initially liked the sweeping line of the outline but then I saw the glimpse of the beautifully detailed interior.
Detail of the above drawing..
More than interested really. I hadn’t really intended sketching anything but the bone shape but the labyrinthine structure is too good to leave at a small study. It is the most fascinating world of overlapping fine bones..layer on layer. I made a more detailed study.
The scanner is a blunt tool for pencil work and strips out many of the subtle tones and I think there is more depth to the original. I could have continued for many more hours, refining and finding more and deeper layers but I drew what I could see with the help of a small magnifying glass and ran out of time.
Labyrinth…pencil 8 x 6 inches
I was not sure what this bone was, so had a quick search and found the very excellent Jakes Bones. I am learning so much from his site!