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  • #61
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    Good points! It reminded me of this relief I did some years ago. I carved the background like the original, crisp & clear, but then sanded most of the detail to reduce the distraction from the focus.

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    • #62
      Nice one Pallin. I think with the background smoothed out that the piece now has a greater perception of depth of field. In photography terms the sharp edges on the backgroung would be around F32 and the sanded 4.5. The lower the f stop the more blurred the background.

      The blurred background sort of makes it look as if the background is a lot further away and gived a nice 3d look to the piece.

      Well that's my 2 cents worth hehehe.

      Wonder how the scallops would look if the same was done to them to take the sharper edges off it. Might be worth a test on a bit of scrap wood.

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      • #63
        Phil, I have done a number of plates that I painted black, then chip carved so the white bass wood showed through. Sprayed afterward with gloss poly, so they looked like oriental lacquer ware. I think this approach would work for your project as well. Good luck and post pics! PS, pencil lines show up nicely.
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        Last edited by Steve Reed; 05-16-2021, 12:35 AM. Reason: Added PS
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        • #64
          OOPS! Made my post without realizing how many pages there were.
          Apologies Phil....
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          • #65
            No apologies needed, Steve. My projects are always subject to change until I declare them "Done!"

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            • #66
              I've finally settled on the background treatment for this carving. These scoops with a #7 gouge gradually get smaller, ending at an artificial horizon. It will be smoothed a little, then finished with a clear satin polyacrylic.

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              • #67
                That is a good-looking carving Phil, interesting hair.
                . . .JoeB

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                • #68
                  Hi Phil, Shows your Effort, Thought, and Talent, to Produce a Great Piece of Work. Merle

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                  • #69
                    Interesting project. Phil. Well executed, as expected!
                    Arthur

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                    • #70
                      I think that approach to a background is excellent!

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                      • #71
                        This is close to the final photo - the first coat of clear finish to bring out the flaws. After correcting those, I'm done.

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                        • #72
                          The textured background is a nice contrast to all the sweeping curves of the face and hair.
                          Brian T

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                          • #73
                            This looks really great, Phil! Well done!

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