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  • #46
    Hi Ed

    Many thanks for your detailed response - you have many great ideas/tools for carving a realistic bust.

    I will certainly look up Elmars stainable glue, mixed with sawdust, as my checks definitely need some filling!

    Carving realistic faces is quite a journey - learning bone structure through to muscle anatomy, the placement of features and finally onto expression. The expression of emotion is certainly the most difficult path (and the one I am on at the moment) turning that solid piece of wood into something that people can empathise with - to see the feelings of joy, sorrow, love or anger.

    The adage of 'you can't carve what you don't know' certainly makes you look at people, their expressions and emotions in a different way!

    Good luck with your journey my friend

    Kind regards
    David

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Pan View Post
      Hi Ed

      Many thanks for your detailed response - you have many great ideas/tools for carving a realistic bust.

      I will certainly look up Elmars stainable glue, mixed with sawdust, as my checks definitely need some filling!

      Carving realistic faces is quite a journey - learning bone structure through to muscle anatomy, the placement of features and finally onto expression. The expression of emotion is certainly the most difficult path (and the one I am on at the moment) turning that solid piece of wood into something that people can empathise with - to see the feelings of joy, sorrow, love or anger.

      The adage of 'you can't carve what you don't know' certainly makes you look at people, their expressions and emotions in a different way!

      Good luck with your journey my friend

      Kind regards
      David
      While I can see the merits of classic approach including learning anatomy I don’t see myself going to that extent. I enjoy many more active hobbies and carving is just something to do when I’m not dancing and it’s too cold to fish or play golf. I guess I’ll just try to carve what I see. I think I captured a sad reflection in this one.

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      Speaking of seeing could you post pictures of some of your work?
      Last edited by Nebraska; 12-01-2019, 11:54 PM.
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      • #48
        Started putting clothes on her today.

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        • #49
          I like the folds leading towards her arm. Are you copying a photo for those or going from imagination?

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          • #50
            Found photos online of women in v neck shirts and studied how the fabric folded got out the pencil an walaa!
            Last edited by Nebraska; 12-02-2019, 11:14 PM.
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            • #51
              Ready for some finish
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              • #52
                Step 1. Neil’s precolor
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                • #53
                  Coming along nicely Ed! The “precolor” (not sure what that is) is already bringing out the grain. Looking forward to seeing her with your finish applied.
                  Mike

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Mike WNC View Post
                    Coming along nicely Ed! The “precolor” (not sure what that is) is already bringing out the grain. Looking forward to seeing her with your finish applied.
                    Mike
                    Pre-color is top secret, I could tell you but, I have no idea. Those who claim to know say it’s basically super fine plaster, white glue, and water plus a little tiny bit the top secret stuff. So the color you see in the photo is because it is wet. What it does is seal the wood so it takes finish evenly without obscuring the wood grain. Basswood tends to get blotchy the end grain is often several shades darker than than the rest of the piece. These basswood eggs where done using a 14-ish step process beginning with pre-color then gloss poly then building the color with multiple coats of dye tinted gloss poly.
                    F985D5C3-D84F-4AF4-8B64-4B46E2E29667.jpeg Pre-color and similar products are highly touted by builders of upscale furnishings. I think it fills tiny imperfections in a surface as well. The New Girl will be my first attempt at applying this process to a carving.
                    Last edited by Nebraska; 12-07-2019, 07:31 AM.
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