By Ian Norbury
Essentially the most tough stuff you can choose to carve are facial expressions.
Wood is unforgiving yet many carving error might be simply hidden. regrettably, the way in which our brains are programmed make us very delicate to any discrepancy in what we think and what we see while taking a look at a human face. Than implies that any blunders can be instantly made evident.
This ebook may also help you triumph over those problems and assist you step-by-step to arrive that target of changing into a professional reduction carver.
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The photograph of the model Fig. 67 shows an appearance similar to Fig. 64, an expression which he considered to be aggressive but which may not appear so to others. What this seems to tell us about facial expressions is that they are an interpretation of Fig. 65 the perceived emotional situation. Taken out of context they can be misinterpreted. It follows, therefore, that on a calving which may not be in context the facial expression must be made obvious by exaggeration or at least making it patently clear what i s intended.
In Fig. 11 1 there are several faces with wrinkles, thetwo attop right caused simply by living in a harsh environment. The clown at the bottom i s able to pull grotesque faces but the expressions have no meaningfor us, whereasthe man atthe bottom left pulling a 'facial shrug', at least seems to give us an impression of his character. The oriental lady looks as i i she would be a bit of a joker. The downward smile i s curious - one has to cover the entire face exceptior the mouth, before the mouth becomes unhappy a s it should).
Remember that if you only look at the front and side you are working in twodimensionsonly. You mustconstantly lookup the face and down it, or you will never achieve perfect symmetry in it. Fig. 126 shows the cawing roughed out with the gouges. More detail of the main masses of the face are then worked using a 3mrn hall ended burr, Fig. 127. A smaller burr is used on the lips, nostrils and in the corners of the eyes. Notice that the modelling around the lips, the hollowing of the cheeks, the eyebrows and naso-labial furrows are well established.