The first piece and the design desicions.
I wanted this piece to have characteristics that would unmistakably identify it as a joyful, carefree young child. In order to achieve the youthful appearance I gave him awkward over sized feet and clothes. The clothes are loosely draped over the thin gangly physique. The rounded relaxed tummy and feet (as opposed tightened muscles and pointed toes) emphasizes the child's focus on balance as well as the lack of self consciousness or self criticism. In addition the child like joyful innocence is emphasized by the assymmetrical balance of the child's weight. The weight supported by the head and hands is off center so that the legs and hips provide the counter balance.