"Barefoot Girl"

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Project by mpounders posted 10-14-2012 08:47 PM 45034 views 7 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a carving I started about 3 weeks ago in a two-day class taught by Janet Cordell. This is from a roughout of Janet’s and is my first realistic full figure. Janet was a great teache rand I enjoyed the class a lot. The carving is about 13 inches tall and is basswood on a pine base. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 09:05 PM

Awesome job sir!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 09:25 PM

Excellent result! Looks great from all angles.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 09:27 PM

Very nice!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 09:33 PM

Mike, this one is AWESOME!
Great work! you are so talented.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 10:15 PM

Very impressive work,a wonderful work of art.

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 10:27 PM

That is fantastic. Nice work

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 10:56 PM

Hard to believe that’s your first attempt at a realistic figure Mike. You do some fine work. I know you won’t take this the wrong way Mike, but one thing I personally think would make it even better, is if the forehead curved in a little more where it meets the hairline. As it is at the moment, the forehead looks a little out of proportion to me in the last photo. When I learnt to draw, I remember reading that the head can be split into thirds. The thirds are hairline to eyebrows, eyebrows to the tip of the nose, tip of the nose to the chin. Try it on your own head with your thumb and first finger (I have to imagine where my hairline would be LOL). As I said though, fantastic work.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 11:03 PM

WOW. That is a beautiful carving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 11:21 PM

Incredible first !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 11:41 PM

Very nice carving. You gotta love a great teacher, you can learn more in a day from an expert than you can teach yourself in a year!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 10-15-2012 12:22 AM

Nice work. Very impressive carving.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 10-15-2012 02:03 AM

“Behind Blue Eyes” was my favourite of your carvings up until now…I think that position has now been replaced by the “Barefoot Girl”; she’s gorgeous!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 10-15-2012 02:50 AM

I love her hair. The shot from the back really shows off the effort you put into it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim,

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 02:59 AM

I am a woodcarver, mostly in the round….that is a beautiful piece.

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#15 posted 10-15-2012 03:18 AM

love the detail

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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