Sunday, June 10, 2018

practice, practice. practice

As of late the painted study sticks have kept me busy. This whole thing started as a way for me to get some time in practicing facial features and then one day I decided I would paint one just to see how that would look, from there it has taken on a life of its own.

I now have wood carvers who have requested a painted study stick and now have begun to do somewhat of a custom order. With these the carvers have requested what I start with on top of the study stick such as a pilot, sea captain or an engineer. It has even been suggested that I may try a chef as well. Sometimes you just don't know which direction things will lead but if you are open to the opportunities you never know what you may be doing next. After all it's all started as a way of practicing facial feature, the more I do hopefully the better I become, now at times I am getting paid to practice.

As always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My painting techniques

To paint my faces I start with a small dot of red paint and then add water to dilute it down. This is how much water to paint I start with then add a tad more water once it is blended to a consistency.

When first trying this take a scrap piece of wood to see how thin the color is, always remembering you can layer the colors to darken them up.

I used watered-down unbleached titanium paint over the face before I began adding color. I only do this when painting Butternut wood as it tends to darken even with no paint and a clear sealant.  Once I’ve given the paint ample time to dry, I began to add the watered-down red.

I paint over the whole facial area with the watered-down red. I only do one layer in the beginning. I will add more down the road, but not before I start adding some of the shadowing to the bags under the eyes.

For the shadowing on the eyes I mix dark blue, black, and white, and as always it will be extremely watered-down.

Once the colors are mixed together it will look like a watered-down bluish gray. Before applying each layer always make sure to mix the colors together to get a strong consistency in color. I applied the color to the bags under the eyes and also the thin area right underneath the eyebrows.

I then apply 2 to 3 layers of the watered-down red to the cheek area and the tip of the nose. After all, Santa is flying around in the cold night air.

From this point it’s up to each carver to decide how dark the bags under the eyes will be. The darker you want them the more layers of color you will apply. The same is true for the cheek and nose area. Each layer will strengthen the color. You can also add some of the red to the bags to soften the contrast from the rest of the face. I don’t paint the lower lip until after I have done the dry paint on the mustache and beard area.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Sunday, April 29, 2018

study sticks and castings

So for a while now I have used 1" blocks for practicing facial features, I would usually carve a 6 inch piece and carve three faces in it. Then one day I thought why not do some painting as well and so I did. I then received a request to carve one for someone, nothing in particular just three different facial expressions and would I please do the partial paint as one I had previously shared on a carving page.

Then out of the blue I was approached by someone asking if I would ever consider having castings done of my sticks and so I now have. I had two sticks with three faces each that I had cast and the folks that do the castings are wonderful at what they do, the detail in each one they create for me is amazing.

So lately I have been kept pretty busy sending out castings and carving study sticks, trying to always give the carver a range of expressions on each one I carve.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It all began with a pencil

For all who have inquired about the paper back version of my new book, it is now available.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"

Monday, April 2, 2018

study sticks

Practice sticks, study sticks, whatever you like to call them. These 1" blocks are 6" long and I normally put about three faces on them. This is not only a great way for me to practice carving expressions but also a way for me to play around with painting techniques as well. I use 1" because it's an easy size to play around on and it doesn't take up a large amount of space if being kept out at the desk or work bench. 
So if you never have, give it a shot, get some 1" blocks or whatever size you like to carve and give it ago, see what you can come up with.

as always, 
"Good night and May God bless"