Above is the late Warren Thompson‘s drawings of the Bigfoot seen during the encounters that took place during the Basin Gulch Expedition of the Bay Area Group. The individuals involved (Ben E. Foster, Jr., Sharon Gorden, and Richard Foster), who Thompson had guide his sketching, reported seeing several Bigfoot the night of August 11, 1970.
Everyone knows the name Jim McClarin who began his Bigfoot investigations in 1963, going on early expeditions from northern California to Alaska. McClarin is famous for carving the very first Bigfoot statue (located at the corner of Highways 96 & 299 in Willow Creek, California).
Jim early explained that he put a browridge on his Willow Creek Bigfoot because he was following Ivan T. Sanderson, specifically this drawing.
This is the field-sketch of the head of a female Sasquatch by Ivan T. Sanderson, drawn under the firsthand direction of Albert Ostman. This was misidentified as a “male Sasquatch” originally in Sanderson’s Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life, 1961.
The curly description by Albert Ostman, from his 1924 sighting, was the inspiration for Ivan Sanderson’s drawing, and thus of Jim McClarin/Willow Creek Bigfoot statue’s browridge (above). The brow of the Albert Ostman Old Woman Sasquatch is shown in this 1966 drawing by Roger Patterson (below, on left), compared with the Bluff Creek Bigfoot filmed at Bluff Creek in 1967.
Jim McClarin’s Willow Creek Bigfoot Statue. Photograph by Tom Yamarone, with used with permission.
In the past discussions on Bigfoot, few have noticed the disappearance of the prognathism. The head and nose changed too, and the entire profile of the face changes with the vanishing of the projected lower facial features.
Patterson noted that one of the first articles that got him into the hunt for Bigfoot was by Ivan T. Sanderson. The cover art on that article shows the William Roe case, illustrated by Mort Künstler. Roger Patterson copied the art closely and then published Sanderson’s entire article in Patterson’s book. Many have commented on how the Künstler-Patterson art mirrors the P-G film Bigfoot.
I think the key is the changed face.
This trend in Bigfoot/Sasquatch faces, I’m afraid, continues in the direction of humanizing them. One of the extreme examples of this is the facial profiles by the skilled forensic artist Harvey Pratt. My critique of Pratt’s drawings are that they all look “beautiful” to readers, but they also seem to all look exactly alike – with subtle differences, but very human and looking like human criminals with more hair.
Art by Harvey Pratt (Source: C2C)
Is there a difference been the drawings made by the older out-in-the-field fieldworkers, directed by actual eyewitnesses? Do the early ones appear to look more like apes than those made by
chroniclers and others trying to capture Bigfoot’s appearance from the written word? Does the mixing of recent artists’ own strong personal styles and bias make Bigfoot of today look more “human”?
Food for thought.