Power carving for everyone #4: Evolution of perception

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When I was little, I used to draw like this:

My next realization was that people had clothes – no skin, but clothes.

I don’t know when, but somehow I figured out that people had a profile, but the nose was not attached nor was the hair part if the head. See how the feet both point in the same direction.

Next, my feet turned out, my fingers added skin and my arms relaxed against my sides. I had teeth and my nose became part of my face. But my eye looked like it was still faced forward. Too bad my heels were what I balanced on.

The last of my crude drawings showed that I knew what a sideways head looked like, my feet didn’t point in any direction but not straight either.

By grade 7, I had learned to add jawlines, skin creases lips and hair that was part of my head. My hands showed my fingers not all side by side and I learned that the soles of my shoes followed my foot line.

You may wonder where I’m going here but the evolution of my carving has followed the same paths. Perhaps not from the stick form but from the stiffness to lines and creases to take on more of a reality. If I only ever drew one person, I may not have ever grown so if your first caricature is awful, stick with it and you will definitely evolve.


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#1 posted 1263 days ago

I wish I could draw like that.


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#2 posted 1263 days ago

good points
useful in all endeavors
stick with it
it will teach

and things will evolve through it

nice journey you took

thanks for sharing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 1263 days ago

Right on David!!!!


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#4 posted 1263 days ago

How do you draw that stick man again. I think I missed the lesson that one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1263 days ago

Nice to see your early works, Jordan! My artist friend relayed to me a saying he learned from a Disney artist: “Everyone has 10,000 bad drawings in them. You have to draw all of those before you can begin to draw the good ones.”

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 1263 days ago

Yeah Gary, to be in animation was always my dream as a id – but how things have changed.


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#7 posted 1263 days ago

I know a good number of animators who would be blown away by your work, Jordan, me included.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#8 posted 1263 days ago

and I have done all of that and I steal can”t draw at all

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#9 posted 1263 days ago

:-) thank´s for the show Jordan i still remeber to draw like this and ain´t much better
today … again one of those things that I havn´t done anything serius with …. so little time so many things

take care

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#10 posted 1262 days ago

Im still drawing the stick figures unfortunately…..hopefully, the evolution towards that more detailed and lifelike will someday come…..great job depicting the evolution of artistic vision…..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 1262 days ago

belly, belly intelestink!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 1214 days ago

It is wild how the deeper you look the more you will find. I found myself staring at my hand the other day and was noticing the transition from hand print of the palm to the wrinkly polygon patterns on the back of the hand. I know that sound totally weird…HA…! But I was thinking to myself what was weirder is that I never really took the time to notice the details of my own hand…!

I think one of the coolest outcomes about what you do is the idea of building up an elaborate construct in the mind about materials and the way they behave, to a level that most of us probably would never have noticed or ever take notice. I can’t put my finger on it but it is a wild notion seeing a material seemingly behave like totally different material…

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#13 posted 1214 days ago

I really enjoyed reading this. All my friends went to art school; I went to medical school. They have a lot more money and happiness than I do now at age 39:) I minored in art in college and the single most formative experiences in my “art” career were the two figure drawing classes I attended. Nude model, cheap newsprint, and vine charcoal. If anyone ever has a change to take a figure drawing class, it’s time well spent!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 1206 days ago

Yes and I hated art in school and probably flunked that class. I’d love to meet those art teachers now.


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#15 posted 1206 days ago

I think art might have been my favorite class. I actually sold one of my art projects to one of my high school art teachers. The project consisted of filling the bottom half of a plastic milk jug with plaster and then carving something from it. I carved a box turtle. I can’t remember exactly, but my teacher offered me either 25 or 50 cents for it which I happily accepted. She used it for a paper weight on her desk. It was still there the next year when I looked in her classroom.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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