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"Remember?" #1: learning to "see"

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 06-10-2011 05:59 PM 2241 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You may not notice tremendous differences between these pictures and the last that I posted. I haven’t made any changes to the face and have focussed a bit more on blocking out the hair and neck. The hair was very squarish before, kinda ancient Egyptian in appearance. So it needed to be rounded to give a more realistic appearance and to indicate the shape of the skull underneath the hair. I am also cutting the hair back from the face and the neck. Caricatures sometimes have an actual line indicating the hair-line but it can look more realistic with just gouge cuts back to indicate the haiir shape.

This is still rough, but you can see what I am trying to do. The hair at the back of the neck is carved so that it curves up. A long narrow neck seems to make it more feminine in appearance; there will be more to be removed.

This shows a little bit more of the hair transistion on the forehead. Some of the things that I think I see are that the forehead is too wide and the jaws are a little wide still. It looks OK, but it might look better by narrowing those some.

I also think the upper lip is a little narrow, compared to the lower lip. I will probably complete some more roughing out before changing these things, but these are some areas that I have noticed. I want to get more of it carved over all, before jumping into the details. Thanks for looking and for your comments and encouragement. (If you see something I might fix, feel free to mention it!)

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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#1 posted 06-10-2011 06:03 PM

So far, it’s awesome!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 07:11 PM

looking good so far Mike

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 08:18 PM

Looks wonderful to me Mike. Sometimes slightly exaggerated features look more realistic and provide more character and are usually more interesting than “perfect” beauty. You have to have considerable artistic ability to do this quality of work, and the eye is even more important than the technical carving ability. This one looks like it has both to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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