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    I am trying to carve a female face that might be attractive, I seem to have trouble getting clean cuts in the deep relief parts. I am also trying oil paint. Please give me a tough critique and some hints on how to improve IMG_1270.JPG
    Herb

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    The figure appears to be a caricature, while "attractive" may be more like reality. By caricature I'm referring to the exaggeration of the neck and hair, and the distressed look on her face. Getting clean cuts in the deep parts may be a matter of tool choice or sharpness, but more likely a matter of grain direction. Knife cuts on the face should go from the (area of) ears to the forehead, and from the ears to the chin. Cuts of the hairline close to the face would be the opposite directions.

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    • #3
      Hi Herb
      I am no help to you at all , I have been trying to get an attractive female face in a carving since Noah parked the Ark, still no closer to getting
      a nice one yet, the fire wood just keeps piling up LOL.

      Bruce

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      • #4
        Herb, I'm not sure what to say, so I'll just kind of go through what I do when laying out a pattern.
        1. I use the width of the eye to set the width of my face (±)
        a. nose= 1 eye wide
        b. each eye= 1 eye wide
        c. from the ear to the side of the head=1 eye wide
        2. Head length=7-1/2 eyes (±)
        3. Head depth=6-61/2 eyes deep (±)
        4. The eye about at the 1/2 way point of the head
        5. The ears start at about the mid-point of the side of the head.

        Then use your eye to adjust to your preference. Herb, I'm by no means a great one to be giving advice, Laying out a new project is never easy for me.

        Hope these will give you some guideline for help
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          I've never carved a female face so I'm no help at all. Sorry.
          Terry

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          • #6
            Herb: Besides the neck being too long, as Phil mentioned, I see two items: The first is that the temples need to be narrower (closer to the eyes). The second that the eyebrows are way too large. It's difficult to draw this, but here's an attempt to show it on one side of the face.

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            • #7
              Not that I'm any expert, but I am currently trying to carve an attractive female face. They don't have that many deep recesses. Spend some time on google images, it's really not hard to find pictures of attractive females online and you will see what I mean.

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              • #8
                From what I can see, the eyebrows are too thick and large. I would also make the smile lines a little shallower (softer). The neck is too thin and the head is out of proportion...it should be thinner and taller...not so round. The hair should be carved away from the face towards the back, not forward. I would have given her a closed mouth rather than open (strictly a matter of choice). I hope this helps.
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                • #9
                  Herb; I'm definitely not going to critique your carving, because I've tried several times to do just what you are trying to accomplish and each time my "ladies" come out looking like they should be wearing army boots and driving a garbage truck. But i will try to help you this way:
                  Wood Carving Illustrated magazine issue # 71 ( Summer 2015) , pages 58 - 63 ; Dave Stetson gives a very good tutorial on this subject.
                  Hope this helps.
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                  • #10
                    The Dave Stetson article is a good one. Basically, for a pretty face, you want a lot of symmetry; you have to pay a lot of attention to getting eyes and cheeks the same size. On yours, the face could be narrowed on the outside of each eye and also the forehead. It looks kinda swollen. As mentioned, the eyebrows are way too thick! Instead of carving them, just pencil them in with a single line. When carving a "pretty" face, think about a Barbie doll, with a small up-turned nose, big eyes, and pursed lips. My females used to be so ugly, I ended up taking a couple of classes with Adina Huckins and have improved a bit. Oh, and use a bit of sandpaper on your female faces to make them nice and smooth. Here are a few caricature examples.
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                    • #11
                      Lots of good info here, my attempt at a female face, the one and only, was a flop...I did hear that you should use less v cuts, and more small gouges like Dockyards..Good luck and keep trying!
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                      • #12
                        FYI Hey Herb, came across these today, thought they might be of interest to you.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks everyone for the very helpful tips and criticisms They are appreciated.
                          Herb

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