By Ian Norbury
The most tricky stuff you can choose to carve are facial expressions.
Wood is unforgiving yet many carving blunders should be simply hidden. regrettably, the way in which our brains are programmed make us very delicate to any discrepancy in what we think and what we see while a human face. Than implies that any blunders may be instantly made evident.
This booklet can assist you triumph over those problems and assist you step-by-step to arrive that target of changing into a professional aid carver.
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64 31 These studies show a grinning face carved in walnut, Fig. 65, and a grinning devil's mask, Fig. 66. Neither of these faces seem to express genuine pleasure but rather one of evil delight or sadistic pleasure. This is because the faces are frowning at the same time as smiling, which i s a contradictory situation. If you coverthe top half ofthe face Fig. 64, the smile is quite natural and, conversely, by covering the bottom half you have a typical frowning face. The photograph of the model Fig.
111, and this contributed to the wrong look. I therefore took more details from the old man in Fig. 11 1, deepening the creases under the eyes and slightly accentuating the forehead furrows. Still not satisfied, I then referred to the smiling face in Figs 59 and 60 and added more deep creases at the corners of the eyes, rounded the cheeks more and deepened the lines from nose to chin. 1 also made a slight opening in the mouth. If I could have opened the lips more as in Fig. 59, 1 would have done so, as I feel this is the root of the problem.
They are very mobile and are capable of minute variations which can usually be interpreted as an indication ofthe person's stateof mind. Fig. 121 shows some subtle expressions, not necessarily identifiable specifically, but in a certain category one might call 'troubled'. The young face at the top i s the almost indifferent but the slight droopiness round the mouth suggests a certain despondency. On a young face these shapes must be very soft and can be achieved simply by judicious sanding in the appropriate areas.
Carving Facial Expressions by Ian Norbury