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Carved in maple with a walnut frame. 17”x26”

I entered this in our yearly competition. No ribbon. I am not very creative so I thought I would ask my LJ friends what improvements would make this a winner? With-out good feed back how can I improve?

I see a lot of room for improvement on the lettering. Has anyone seen a video on carving lettering on the internet?

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi





9 comments so far

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Tom "BUG" Janos

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#1 posted 1960 days ago

Great carving. Love the Walnut accent.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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AndyR

16 posts in 1961 days


#2 posted 1960 days ago

The carving of the unicorn looks great to me. For me, I wonder about the need for the word “unicorn”. It’s apparent to me what the subject of the carving is. Kind of like painting a teapot and writing “teapot” on the painting….

Having said that, there are a lot of nice things about the carving. I wish my carving skills were at the level that yours are.

Cheers,
Andy

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 1960 days ago

Well, here goes. This is what I see that might make it better for me. I think your carving is good. The drawing is a little weak. You’re close, just need to refine the rear end of the horse, a little heavy, and the tail is a little misplaced, have it roll off the back more. I’m not usually into straight lines , but I’d straighten out the horn. Your depiction of the horse is fairly realistic, so the better you get to actual form the better. The split hooves detract from the horse form also. A more stylized form, then not so much. It’s a mythical figure, make it beautiful. The rest looks good to me, nice design overall,good looking rearing form, excellent carving. Love the head and mane and the long hair on the legs, even the lion type tail. Cool…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1960 days ago

I think its beautiful!!!! Remember that you can always get better. And you will from this experience. I to have entered many woodworking contest, but have only won a couple. Also judges sometimes don’t under stand what you were trying to archive. Look at Picasso! Try not to be to hard on yourself. I bet next time you might do better.

-- Dennis Zongker

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 1960 days ago

Just keep going. Try finding more inspiration. Check out some tapestry’s or paintings from the middle ages. Try a complicated one in Poplar or a simpler one in Oak. Make one into a box. Try adding a dragon. Grab a pad of paper and draw twenty different ideas.

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CaptainSkully

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#6 posted 1960 days ago

I think it’s great. 3D sculpture is one of the most difficult mediums. It’s easy to critique, but much more difficult to create. The only thing I might suggest is giving a little more depth to the contours of the unicorn. I like the Fibonacci sequence in the background.

Keep it up and follow your passion…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Chips

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#7 posted 1960 days ago

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. The word unicorn was my first attempt at carving lettering. I always try to add something I have not done before to my carvings.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 1958 days ago

looks good to me … my only advice is to keep it up …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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MNbuzzdust

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#9 posted 1958 days ago

Id give you first the way it is!! Your very talented! Thanks for posting it.

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