I want to get that tilt to the head just right as that will give the body a good contorted look to it…like he’s hanging there on his rope and twisting around to get a good swipe on that dirty window.
I carved the head much the same way as I’ve done my previous carvings, which is very similar to the way that Lynn Doughty teaches on his videos. Take a look at Lynne’s site (www.outwestwoodcarving.blogspot.ca) and specifically his videos on carving the head…they’re very helpful.
I have to say, though, I’m disappointed in the quality of the basswood that I’m using. I probably should have just stopped carving the head and started again on a less grainy piece of wood. It seems that regardless of how often I’m sharpening my knife, the grain is occasionally tending to crush rather than slice. If anyone has any advice about basswood selection, I’m all ears.
Paul is my hand model in the first shot and I’ve also included him as “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast! Click on the photo to make it bigger.