2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

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2011 in review

a happy new year to all our readers ! this was a great year, and as i love these stats provided from wordpress (thank you wordpress :-)), i like to share them. they did a miracle to make the stats fun to look ! enjoy !

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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memorial carving

i just finished this carving i made as a memorial piece for september 11. …

it is again a carving i made with the help of a digital maquette :

of which i printed out several views, to have something for measureing the basic proportions. i did not intend to copy the digital model, but used it as a mean to visualize my idea, and get the roughing out easier done… unfortunuately i could not get fotos that not show so much shine. the carving is waxed, and has some sheen, but is not that shiny as on the fotos…

the title of the piece is “remember”

constanza bonarelli

i know this is not wood carving, but still it is about my passion of portraits… since a while i am learning digital sculpting, i want use it as a tool to visualise projects for carving. in deed, i have such a project in the work right now, i will share soon… this digital sculpting, is closely mimicking sculpting with real clay, and i find it very useful to learn forms… for today, i want share what i did the last nights, and invite you to visit my zbrush blog, where i showcase my digital sculpts created with zbrush.

i tried to recreate the marble bust of constanza bonarelli, carved by one of my favourite sculptors, bernini… i tried to be as close as i could on her face and expression, i was deliberately loose with her hair and blouse. for these i just wanted capture the essence, but not every detail as bernini has carved it…

acanthus leaf

acanthus leaves are always fun to carve, and this one was no exception. the design i used is a classical one, and i saw one version carved as pierced relief from mark. i liked his leaf, and so i made mine, only much smaller. this is only 18 x 12 cm and 1 cm deep. and, as it is so small, i did cut out everything just with a fretsaw. it looks like a lot of work, afterall there are more than 20 little openings to cut, but is was rather quick in fact.

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so, here is an image how the journey began,,, glueing the drawing onto the wood, and then sawing away the background :

a note for ipad user

i just received my ipad, and, of course, one of the first things i tried, is to see how our blog looks on the ipad … and, i was disappointed at first, since the “ipad view” is quite restricted, and you would miss a lot of the features i have put into the blog. but, you can still see the blog as you do see it on your mac or pc !!! simply scroll down on your ipad the whole page, until you find the button “standard view”. click that, and you see the blog as on a computer in all its glory, with all featues enabled 🙂
and, again by scrolling down to the page, by clicking the button “ipad site” you can view the blog in an ipad format, if you prefer, which has some features disabled…

portrait bust – part 7

today, it just remains to share the fotos of the fnished carving 🙂 i hope you enjoyed the sequel…. (please click thumbnails to enlarge)

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