i addressed the above mentioned points. as i hoped, the work at his neck improves the pose. its now much closer to the one in the clay … so this is how joel looks after all the corrections….



the only thing i did not change now is the top of his head (needs be a tad lower) and the back of his head (needs be pushed a tad to front) since these two areas will give me sort of “safety belt” : if i would cut a bad mistake in the face, i could push the face a little more back or upwards depending on what the mistake were. i will remove this little extra wood at the skull when the face is finished…

also, notice that i did not even indicate yet the hollow at the pit of neck where the two cords meet. this, again, is a “safety belt” in that it enables me to push the cords a tad sidewards if i would notice their position is still not yet well. if i had cut this hollow, the position of the cords at the bottom would be fixed. …

the carving is still very messy, but the essential shapes are now in place, and i will begin with cutting “nicely” and finetuning the big shapes as well as adding smaller ones…

one more note, you probably have noticed it, the clay and the carving differ in the body greatly. i did change it, since the body in the clay is too thin in depth, no big deal as i noticed it in time so i have not removed essential wood … this is the great part on using a clay model,,,even if the clay contains mistakes, one has a very good chance to detect them before its too late. if i had carved the bust without clay model, i probably would have cut the body like that in the clay, wrong…but now i got to see the clay several days, and suddenly i noticed my mistake ,,,before it was too late.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ed Pitts
    Mar 07, 2010 @ 00:00:09

    That is one of the best ideas I have found.

    No more calculating!

    Thanks, Ed


    • dorisfiebig
      Mar 07, 2010 @ 08:36:40

      thanks ed ! its not mine idea, its classical, its just math applied. i love seeing math be useful.


      • Bill Voss
        Jun 27, 2010 @ 18:54:32

        FANTASTIC method for scaling!! I am in the process of carving a larger version of a Crucifix from a model. This will save a great deal of time versus calculating.

        I will also share this with our wood carving club as a great “hint”.


  2. mike
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 16:45:18

    Doris , you know from WCI, that I love all your portraits.



    • dorisfiebig
      Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:29:17

      hi Mike, yes i remember that 🙂 thank you for commenting, it is always so very nice to hear feedback. and, joel is a special piece to me. thanks again.


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