Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday morning I spent some time on the net googling photos, drawings and other art work to come up with a working sketch to work from and then roughed out the head while at our local carving gathering. This morning I finished the head, worked on the hat and pretty well finished up that part of the piece. I think I will keep it a bust as even that will make a pretty large piece when done. The head with the hat on measures right at 7". The hardest part was getting the eyes right and I think once they are painted they should look pretty good. At least I hope so. I stuck a smoke in his mouth as he was a heavy smoker as were most cowpokes. The hat really adds to the character.
There are a couple more photos in the Gallery and I look forward to your comments.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
There are more photos in the Gallery and I will look forward to your comments.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Anyway, I really like this piece, especially the face. Every once once in a while I'll do a piece, as I've mentioned many times before, that really ends up being an example of my best work. This is one of those. I'm sure you all experience the same thing the more you carve. The cup of Joe is made from copper with a soldered wire rim. I put a wooden plug inside and then topped that off with clear epoxy painted Dark Burnt Umber and then topped that off with another thin application of epoxy which I left clear. As you can see in the closeup photo in the Gallery it creates a nice effect. The cup is quite large compared to the coffee pot but as that cuppa mud is the theme of the piece that's okay. I spent a little extra time on my watch chain by adding a fob on the end going into the vest buttonhole. I put a drop of solder on it to give it a domed look and make it sparkle a bit more. I think it looks neat. The more I look at it though the more I think it needs to be painted gold as it doesn't quite match the chain. Why didn't I do a full body? Because I think the figure would have been just too big to be displayed in most homes. I think this bust format displays all the necessary details in an interesting manner. I will confess that I had hoped to do a much more involved design on the apron but after several attempts it just wouldn't happen. That vision thing again.
So, I hope you like him as much as I do even if he didn't get that fancy apron. There are lots of photos in the Gallery and I'll look forward to your comments as I always do.