"Behind Blue Eyes" #4: Eye brows and base

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 10-02-2011 06:22 AM 1293 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It took a bit, but I think I finally have the eye brows like I want them. I carefully drew them out and measured and researched them and did a bunch of thinks before I started cutting wood. I used a really small v gouge and carefully cut them in, making sure the hairs pointed properly. And I didn’t like it….didn’t look right, was too dark. So I tried my bristle sander and several other things to fix it up. I finally took knife in hand and cut them off and started over. I had to reshape the brows and sockets and one eye lid and get them evened out before trying again. This time, I used a small ball stylus (used for embossing metal) and did the eye brows with that. With a little force, it leaves a shape like a tiny u gouge and gives just the amount of shadow I was wanting. I like it now!

I cut the cherry block down for the base and shaped the bottom area of the carving to see how it looks. Nothing is glued down at this point, in case I want to change something. I’ll look at it some more and sand it a little better before thinking about finishes. The cherry will really look good when I hit with some oil. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 02:50 PM

Nice work.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 02:58 PM

Mike, your carvings are wonderful and get better every time I see one. This one is absolutely beautiful.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 05:34 PM

She is a looker. Nice work Mike

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 05:47 PM

she is very deep in thought of something. she also looks very determined. most of all, very beautiful, for a piece of wood. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 07:02 PM

Mike, what a beautiful carving! The eyebrows really turned out nice. I would never have thought of using the stylus, it looks great. As for sandpaper (or flow paper as some call it) I am not a purist and much prefer it over the sharp edges. To each his own I guess! Wouldn’t mind seeing a tutorial on the hair from you sometime in the future.

Keep up the good work.


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#6 posted 10-02-2011 10:04 PM

Looking really good! The height of the stand is perfect as well!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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