portrait bust – part 6

the face is now essentially finished. might tweak it here and there, but all is in place, and might go this way…

today i started roughing out the hair. i will do a different hairstyle than in the cast model. hope it will look nice… so, the first step is to define the big shapes of how the strands fall. not too many, trying to keep them large, and nicely flowing… yes, it looks a big mess right now :

… but the mess is easily cleaned up, and already a little refinement of the strands shows how the hair will look… :

as you notice, i carve the ears together with the hair,,,i do this, since i want them interact, and so i need do them simultanously to get it right…

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portrait bust – part 5

the carving is coming along now. starts to build resemblance. today, i decided not to stick too close to the model, as i found i made mistakes in that. so, from now i use the model as a guide, and try to correct the errors of that in hope of obtaining a closer portrait… as you can see, i started to define the features, after i have settled down on the proportions of the big volumes. also, note, the features are still rough, as i prefer to keep the carving overall at about the same stage. i feel this way i can better judge how well the parts fit together. no single part can be correct alone, it all depends on the correct proportions betwee the single parts. so, thats what i am still focussing on. making it pretty and carving details will come at the very last step…

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portrait bust – part 4

finally i am able to pick up this carving again… i am still in the roughing out phase, but decided to carve all around, to get a better feeling for the proportions. he is still a little too “big”, as i need some wood to carve the smaller shapes. overall, i am happy how this stage looks, as i can see already some typical features, which hopefully will bring out a resonable portrait… so, here he is, now raised, as he is right now..

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100 000 views !!

wow, is that not great ?

100 000 views in less than 2 years. what a wonderful feeling. what a great motivation to keep going, to try to make the blog even more a resource of knowledge, a resource of inspiration, a resource for ideas, a resource for encouragement …

thank you, dear readers, and, thank you mark, for being an inspirational partner. without you, the blog would never have been born 🙂 … i am very happy we did start the blog together… on to the next 100 000 !!