"Behind Blue Eyes" #3: Corrections and Additions

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 09-29-2011 06:23 PM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Still working away on this, but I try to go slowly at times to make sure I see things that need to be changed. I sometimes rush through things and don’t always pick up on mistakes until after they are finished and sitting on a shelf. Some people recommend looking at your work in a mirror to help pick up on problem areas, but I often see things in photos of my work that I don’t always see when holding it in my hand. So I am trying to correct a few details. Someone may have mentioned it a previous post, or you may have noticed, that the young lady has no eyebrows! I have lightly drawn them in and want to make sure I have them properly placed and symmetrical. I am still researching eye brows…. who knew that you can buy little templates to assist you in evenly shaping your brows! I may make one to make sure these match, but I’ll try measuring first. I am not sure if it is my camera angle or what, but in some photos, the nose looks really wide and in others, not so much. So I have tried reducing the wings of the nostrils a bit. What do you think?

If you look at the right side of the face in previous blog entries, you may have noticed that her hair appears to be growing directly out from her face, a highly unusual phenomenon. So I have moved the hair back to make the forehead more even on that side and to expose a bit of the ear on that side. This looks a bit more natural for the hair growth. I still need to work some more on the hair under the ear on that side to make sure it looks like it is coming from where it really grows.

And here is the other side with a few changes. It still looks much the same despite all the changes on the other side. Overall, it seems more balanced now, but hopefully with the same feel as before.

I started looking through my wood to try and figure out something for a base. I tried this tall piece of cherry, thinking that the longer shape might add a sense of a tall slender figure. Too tall maybe? (according to my wife) What do you guys think? Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 11:52 PM

This is looking really good and I’m impressed with your skill. I think the base is maybe 4” too tall. I determined this by blocking off the bottom and standing back and moving the level up and down till I thought it looked good. I deduced 4” by the tools laying around and figured I was close.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 12:02 AM

We must both be geniuses! I gotta tell you I was doing the same thing with the picture earlier today! I’ll measure it off and see what that might look like. I had a lady on another forum suggest some changes and she sent me some photoshopped pictures of the corrections…....that looked pretty darn close to what I had already carved in the pictures above, last night!. Great minds think alike I guess.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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Eli Adamit

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 08:18 AM

I like the process of work and your check, work and check. Even if you leave the sculpture for a week and come back, you see new things which you could not see when you work continuously. About taking photos, make sure you take the photo far away from the sculpture and with zoom and not to be close to the sculpture. when you are close to the sculpture you get a distortion in the photo – the nose is bigger compare to other parts (in case the nose was in the middle of the lens).

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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