Progressive pics on woodcarving Geronimo

I started this before going up north on vacation and worked on him tonight a couple hours.  I am carving the Legend, Geronimo.  I wish i would have tilted his head, like the picture.  That’s harder than it looks.  I am trying to concentrate on the details of the face.  I’ll do the eyes tomorrow. I don’t like doing the eyes late when I am tired.  They have to be as good as I am able to do them and being tired increases the chances for a mistake.

 

Vacation is here

So I love vacation, like everyone. Woodcarving is a part of my vacation. I have committed to studying woodcarving as well as doing it.  Reading in detail, Ivan Willock’s book, “Caring Eyes, Features, and Expressions,” and also “Carving Eyes” by Jeff Phares.  I am also doing some sketching of these things for great understanding and memorization of the eye and nose structures. My kids got me some sketching things for my birthday.  So I did this Sunday night, after services, between packing and taking care of my dad.

Spent two nights in the studio for this

I had some time the last couple nights to get in the studio to do some carving.  I did the eyes differently than I usually do using Jeff Phare’s teaching in his “Carving Eyes” book. It think I prefer his way. I know I made them a little to wide and not exactly centered, but had fun just the same.

Enjoying myself, and the art of wood sculpting are more important the the finished product.  Not that I don’t want to improve, I do. But I also want to enjoy the peace this artistic expression brings me.

Featured Artist of the Day

IMG_7795I finished this Native American in Cotton wood bark yesterday and posted it on this facebook site. I was pleasantly surprised to be featured as the “Artist of the Day” on the

Wood Carvers & Whittlers (The art found within the wood)  Face book Group.

Here’s what the moderator wrote:

Nate Elarton, is our Facebook Page Photo Artist of the Day.Nate, shares with us this wonderfully done carving of a Native American. The carving alone would make this a great piece of art, but if you love the use of wood grain within a piece and feel that it add to the beauty then this piece is for you. What wonderful grain is working together with the talent of this carver to create this magnificent piece. Thank you Nate for your sharing of this piece with us and we hope you continue to post here on our page. Greg+

 

Working on Hair

I scored a book that is out of print. It is on beard and hair by Jeff Phares.  It is hard to get hold of but a new friend from W. VA, sold his to me.  I have been very unhappy with my hair and beards.  This book helped and the pic I was carving by. That carving in the pic is by Alex Lacasse.  Flow, and the three steps that Phares taught, as well as observing Alec’s beards is helping and I am learning.  Also some stop cuts with the knife on the beard accents some lows and highs with shadowing.

First attempt at a bust and carving an ear

I am determined to push myself into carving that intimidates me as I have never done it before. I started this American Indian and decided to try and go all the way around and do an ear.  It’s not the greatest and won’t be a show piece, actually, I have never entered a show, but it was fun to do, and to learn, and move forward in experience.  The wood is butternut, which I love, but it is tricky to carve.