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Blog series by mpounders updated 06-19-2011 11:40 PM 4 parts 4369 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: learning to "see"

06-10-2011 05:59 PM by mpounders | 3 comments »

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 actua...

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Part 2: correcting mistakes

06-14-2011 07:34 PM by mpounders | 4 comments »

Three things that I definitely try to remember: 1. Learn to recognize, to see your mistakes.2. Learn how to correct your mistakes.3. Learn to not be afraid to make corrections! Sometimes that correction may seem quite drastic, if you have not recognized it early in the carving progress. I have a tendency to get too detailed too early in the carving process, rather than carving the overall piece to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Doing that, and getting an area su...

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Part 3: getting close?

06-16-2011 04:31 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

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...

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Part 4: Finishing up

06-19-2011 11:40 PM by mpounders | 8 comments »

I completed a few details and completed this practice piece this weekend. Overall, it turned out ok and it improved my confidence and helped jog my memory a bit …..I just need to practice more of what I was taught! So I will continue to carve some more, but I may throw a cane or a Santa in, just to keep it from becoming a grind. Thanks for looking and following along. I will post more of the finished carving under the projects section.

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