I was asked to carve a Venom bust from for a fiend’s son. I wanted it to be as close to lifesize as possible. The largest piece of stock I had available was a piece of pressure treated 4” x 6”, 18” long. This is only my second wood carving, so I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this task.
First, the concept:
I knew I would have to cheat some of the proportions to fit the blank I had. This was my rough sketch:
Shaping, shaping, shaping. All done with a hand saw and a 4” grinder with a flap wheel.
I moved to the dremel and roughed-in of the focal point (the tongue) and the bowl for the lower jaw:
Lower teeth cut and more shaping on the crown (I just can’t seem to get the shape right on a 4×6 blank). Looks like Homer Simpson wearing a Spiderman mask!
Further refining the details; the first set of eyes were too small, throwing off the look of the whole head. I reshaped the eyes and added more detail to the muscle in the jaw area. I did a little more sanding, then burned all the black areas to lower the softer grain:
(That picture is a little fuzzy, but here’s a close-up of the mouth)
Next, I broke out the airbrush, loaded up some bright red and sprayed the mouth and jaw area:
(The red really made the detail work in the muscle striations pop!)
First coat of white on the teeth and a touch of black in the shadowed areas:
Then, I mixed up some black, thinned with Pledge Floor Care (Future), and sprayed all the black areas.
I’m really liking how burning the wood lowers the softer grain, giving it the webbed look without me having to carve it.
So, what’s left? I still have to detail paint the teeth, put a heavy clear over the whole mouth area and epoxy the cracks that have been growing since I started working this block.