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"Remember?" #3: getting close?

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« Part 2: correcting mistakes Part 3 of "Remember?" series Part 4: Finishing up »

I slowly seem to be getting closer to something that looks feminine, and hopefully pretty. I did remove the bulge from the forehead that some noticed and I also narrowed the forehead and cheek area.

The eyes seemed a little flat, so I made them more curved by gouging deeper into the socket on each side of the eye. I shaped the nose a bit more and added nostrils, which helps define the ball of the nose.

She is starting to have a nice look since I have got things a little more symetrical. I messed with the hair quite a bit, trying to get something smooth and wind-swept in appearance. It seems to look better, to me, when it is more stylized and simple, rather than detailed. I have to restrain myself from adding hairs, since I love doing the details on birds and other carvings!

I use a variety of #11s and #9s to shape the hair and then I hand sand it and use little drum sanders to get a smoothe flow to it. I like the effect I can get with the little bristle sanders in softening the carved edges of the hair; it really seems to give a flowing smoothness, a more finished look that I like, especially on realistic faces.

I think I can work on the neck and shoulders a bit more now, if I can avoid the temptation to keep working on the face. I need to look at it a bit more before I start seeing imaginary improvements that I should do. I try to my best on carvings, but I don’t want to agonize obsessively over every detail and never actually finish….theres always another carving just waiting for me to finish this one! Thanks for looking!

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



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Bearpie

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#1 posted 1121 days ago

She sure looks like she comes alive at midnight with all the others you have carved, too bad she can only sing, but what a voice she has! :-)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 1121 days ago

Much better Mike. She is coming along nicely.

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

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moment

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#3 posted 1121 days ago

Very expressive ,........very nice !

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Roger

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#4 posted 1121 days ago

the more I look at her, the more I think she’s gonna say something

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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mpounders

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#5 posted 1120 days ago

Thanks guys! I get similar feelings sometimes, wondering where that look, that expression came from? Who is she, what is she thinking about? Sometimes songs do come to my mind that seem appropriate as a title or as being descriptive of what I’ve carved. It’s a lot of fun!

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

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#6 posted 1113 days ago

Maybe it is an artifact of the picture, and I don’t mean this to be a criticism of your ability which if I had any carving ability your skill would far exceed mine but it looks to me as if her features are on different planes, with the eyes and mouth facing a bit more to her right (by slightly differing angles) and her nose sitting on another plane tilted slightly to her left. I may being far too picky but just thought I’d mention it. I am really enjoying your blog Mike and thank you for posting this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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