A few years ago we spoke to Terry Cook about his Balloon birds. He’s back with even more vibrant, brilliant bird creations. This time using 3D models inspired by carpentry.
Did you know the word ‘carpentry’ comes from ‘carriage maker’ in Late Latin? Well you do now.
As you move through this article you’ll see some of Terry’s startling scrap-wood British birds. You’ll meet a Kingfisher, a Robin, a Sparrow, a Blue Tit and a Wren.
Terry is a lecturer in 3D Animation at North East Scotland College (Nescol) in Aberdeen.
Terry, you’ve used computer software to render wood sculptures. First of all, do you have any experience working with actual wood?
Yeah, I love working with wood, actually. I have made a few different automatons and toys for my son and niece in the past. You can see some here.
Working with physical mediums is my preference, but 3D modelling makes it so easy to get out what's in your head, and realised as a visual piece.
Starting a hobby is difficult, even if it’s a relatively ‘common’ hobby where there are plenty of chances to be exposed to it. But you’re a 3D Digital artist, that’s way more niche.
How did you get into 3D modelling?
I have always loved art and computers since I was a child, 3D modelling is the perfect medium that combines the two in my opinion.
I use 3D Studio Max and a renderer called Vray. Both are brilliant and very powerful.
YouTube makes learning this stuff incredibly easy these days. There is also amazing free software like Blender that allows you to produce industry standard visuals with you spending a penny. Blender has a great sculpting feature too that is very intuitive and easy to learn.
It’s a silly question because I think the answer is probably quite obvious, but: Why birds?
I'm obsessed with wildlife and nature, but particularly birds. You guys actually did an article on some balloon birds I made a while back. I love the different species of birds we have in the UK, and the variety of colours they have, so they lend themselves well as a choice for artistic subject matter/inspiration.
Why did you make these pictures?
For fun more than anything! I got the idea when walking past a skip, and some of the old/weathered blocks of wood in it looked a bit like a duck! So I thought it would be great to make a series of "Scrap - Wood" birds that had the same worn look.
That sounds like a good way of overcoming a dry spell of creativity. Find things that aren’t really there and make it your own.
So, here’s the big question. Can we expect to see more?
Yes, I am wanting to make a larger series of Scrap-Wood British birds.
Thanks again for showing us your work. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for your next moves!