This is a small carving that turned out ok and I’m looking for a little advice on a base. The carving is more “exagerated realism” than cartoonish and he looks like a biker kind of guy? He is about 3”, sort of bottle stopper size. But if I stick him on a cork, then he will become that bottlestopper. If I stick him on an artistic base, I think it encourages the viewer to see him more as art. Since art is so subjective, it seemes to help almost anything if you stick it on an art gallery type base. I’m talking about the simple square blocks, sometimes white or black, that seem to display a piece almost like a piece of fine jewelry. So that is what I am considering for this carving. I am considering a rectangular piece of walnut that will be all sanded and smoothed. I wanted to give the piece some height, the sense that he is standing there. And I am thinking about attaching the head with either a piece of dowel or brass rod, so that it stands maybe an inch above the base. Perhaps either the head at an angle or the rod at an angle, so that he appears to be tilting his head?
The size of the block will make the piece seem more substantial, but it is not so big that it wouldn’t fit in a shelf or on a desk or table. So what do you think? Please offer your suggestions or thoughts! Am I trying to make a silk purse out of a bottlestopper?
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com