Up & Down Relief Carving

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Project by Phil32 posted 09-08-2018 09:31 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on a 1947 lithograph by M. C. Escher, this relief carving shows a scene from two different viewpoints in the same image. A young man sitting on the stairs is talking with his girlfriend at a window above. In the lower half we see the scene from below, while in the upper half we see them from above. So the ceiling in the lower half is the courtyard floor above. Basswood, 10-1/2×26”

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 09-09-2018 02:10 AM

Simply amazing…. okay maybe not simply. Such detail. Great work.

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#2 posted 09-09-2018 03:40 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Phil!

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#3 posted 09-09-2018 11:27 AM


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#4 posted 09-09-2018 05:50 PM

I think it is a marvelous work.

I really like that it was HAND -done not a computer controlled thing.

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#5 posted 09-09-2018 07:57 PM

Many of my Escher-inspired carvings are finished by sealing the wood, applying gel stain to the areas to be darkened, then wiping away the stain within minutes. This leaves the stain in the incised lines, undercuts, and textures. Many of the details such as stair railings are incised into the background rather than raised.

Carving prior to staining.

Me at work

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#6 posted 09-18-2018 05:29 PM

Here you can see the inspiration for Escher. The HBS (school) where Escher went when he was a teenager.

Did you know that Escher also made some intarsia?

BTW a GREAT project.


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#7 posted 09-18-2018 07:31 PM

To steal an old line from Speedy Alka Seltzer, ”Oh what a relief it is!”
I would have a big problem trying to do any of Escher’s work because I cannot deal with the contorted perspective but you, on the other hand, have it mastered!
This is one is proof and another I really like.

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