Saturday, April 30, 2011

Native American Woman & Papoose – Part 12 & 13

Due to the length of this one I had to break it in into two parts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Native American Woman & Papoose – Part 11

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sgt. Buffalo

Here's the latest one.  Turned out great.  Really like the color and believe it or not there are about 6 different colors on that face!  I tried something new on this one.  Instead of trying to carve the characteristics of a Black's hair I used some model railroad ballast glued on with acrylic medium and then painted with a light wash of black.  Perfect!  I didn't apply it to his eyebrows though.  I added the glasses as a Sgt. in the army at that time would have been along in years and those little extras really bring a figure to life.
Lots of photos in the Gallery and your comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Native American Woman & Papoose – Part 10

Was only able to get the nose & mouth carved within the 30 minute limit.  Will concentrate on the eyes in the next one.  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Native American Woman with Papoose – Part 9

With this part we finish up the body and move on to the head.  I’ll try and devote a lot of  time on this part as I know a lot of you have ask for this. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Native American Woman with Papoose – Part 8

As I mentioned in Part 7, I was considering changing the way the blanket was draped around the lady.  Well, as you will see in this part those changes did occur.  I think this will accomplish a couple of things….it will be a lot easier to carve and it will also look much more realistic when finished.   I have placed two photos of a blanket pose in the Gallery to help you.  I think with those you will be able to modify that original drawing or if you want you can leave things the way they were.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Old Scout - Painted

Got the old Geezer painted up and varnished and I think he looks pretty good.  I'll bet he could tell you some stories!  Kind of shiney on his chest but thats just some glare....doesn't look that way in normal light.  With the base he stands about 10-11 inches tall.
I watched The Mountain Men with Charelton Heston and Brian Keith yesterday so been thinking of doing a Mountain Man.  Been a while since I did one of those.  Still have the Indian woman and child to finish though and there is another large Indian bust and a Buffalo Soldier setting partially finished on the workbench so it will be a while before I can start that.
Lots of pictures in the Gallery and your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Old Scout

Here is a small bust I just finished.  I've done a number similar to this one but they always seem popular and don't hang around long.   I've been reading the new bio on Crazy Horse and it's filled with stories and references about the various Scouts  employed by the U.S. during the Plains Indian wars.  A pretty amazing group of characters.
Not much new here...I used small domed tacks for the buttons and a thinner wire than normal for the glasses.  The feather is held to the hat with a metal band.   Hope you like him and your comments are welcome as always.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Native American Woman with Papoose – Part 6

Here’s the first segment on carving the woman’s body.  I show you how to cut a few corners in sawing out the blank.  Warning!  Don’t attempt this if you’re not that confident with your band saw skills.  

One thing you might be noticing with almost each video I now post…..I’m not giving you as much instruction as the earlier projects.   I’m not doing this to save me time but hoping that with the carving experience from those earlier projects you are getting confident enough to know what to do.  When I see areas that might need a little broader explanation I’ll go into those with more depth.  Hope that’s okay.  I ask for your comments with this part so I can aim the camera at those areas.