Carving a Mouth

in this second tutorial, i want present an approach to carve a mouth, that will work in every situation … the basic approach is the same, of course, as for carving an eye, or anything else for that matter. the steps involved always consist of

  • picking reference material and study it
  • prepare the carving
  • roughing out the carving (that means carve the form and not the detail) so that your subject looks as if it were wrapped in plastic foil, but everything is already to see
  • refining the shapes and forms and cutting the details
  • ok, let´s start …

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    8 Comments (+add yours?)

    1. markyundt
      Jun 10, 2009 @ 22:28:14

      Simply a wonderful tutorial as usual Doris. I’m so glad you pointed out the necessity of reference material instead of trying to carve from your thoughts about what a mouth or eye looks like. I also like the fact that you state that in carving this female mouth it isn’t simply a matter of carving a usual ( male) mouth just softer. That says and means nothing. This I believe is how it’s done,, and done so well in this case. Here again,, the results speak volumes as to your approach and how effective it really is. The proof is in the carving. And carvings never lie.


      • dorisfiebig
        Jun 11, 2009 @ 07:46:09

        thanks mark, yes carvings never lie,,,thats why i use to study them, they tell us everything… one problem carvers often have, i believe, is that they search for recipies, like “a womans mouth is softer”, and such recipies do not exist, there are women with very “hard” mouths, and still we can see its a woman´s mouth, or mre practical recipies like “cut a groove between chin and lips” well this is a bad mistake if the mouth pose is with strongy compressed lip, say, there is often no such groove… and, since there are no recipies, but we need guidance in carving, even me needs guidance despite i have carved already quite a number of faces, the best is using what is there, fotos of good sculptures or of real people. these fotos do tell us exccately what to do to achieve a carving looking similar to that foto.


    2. Alice Kummer
      Jun 10, 2009 @ 23:25:30

      Thank you Doris for this tutorialitis again helpful for my “girl” she is Negro and the lips are sure different, I am sure I will get help with the eyes too , when I finish reading hat tutorial
      Thanks again Alice


      • dorisfiebig
        Jun 11, 2009 @ 07:40:38

        alice, i am so glad to learn my effort with the tutorial is helpful. you are so right, every lips are different, yes when she is negro we see the difference easier, but no two people have same mouth and lips, maybe twins have, but i am convinced even there are small differences, since the ones i know i can distinguish. …thank you for your comment.


    3. Gilles
      Oct 28, 2009 @ 04:57:42

      Today, I finished carving an eye for the carving course I am following, and I started a mouth. So I knew where to find info about that of course, and I’m sure your tutorial will help me.


      • dorisfiebig
        Oct 28, 2009 @ 15:08:12

        hi gilles, very nice to hear from you again. i am looking forward to see your attempts. and, i am sure you experience that all carvings follow the same idea, it is not important whether its mouth or eye, it requires the same approach in carving them. thanks for leeting me know about your progress.


      Jan 23, 2011 @ 19:35:00

      Thank you for taking the time to share your great skills with us.


      • dorisfiebig
        Jan 23, 2011 @ 21:26:49

        hello don, thank you for commenting. i am glad my sharing is useful for some, so the effort is worthwhile. thank you for letting me know. makes me happy.


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