For my Kennebec County Courthouse mural I have been finding models all over the place. After lots of research about logging in Maine I had narrowed down the type of pose I wanted. This taught me the tools and how they were used. How the men moved and pried logs, and maneuvered logs in various currents. So I worked up a dynamic posed I liked but then I needed a model.
Then doing a bit of shopping in the grocery store I found him. A great guy, a great face, and a good model who fell right into the right pose. This is a man who has done a lot of outdoor work and it makes a difference in the posing. People who have done physical labor can pose much more naturally than trying to pose someone in a more sedentary job.
Here is an interesting old film about logging I found on youtube. From stump to ship: A 1930 logging film