Each 20 page portfolio contains 5 major projects, each with three pattern views and several reference drawings for the 7" to 9" tall figures, plus informative notes and patterns for a few smaller projects such as carving basswood eggs, bottle stoppers, carved pins/magnets, golf balls or other items for your carving pleasure. There are also optional drawings for many of the patterns which allow them to be carved in a variety of ways by changing the pose or the props and you can choose between creating a realistic carving or a caricature by picking a different head to use. The last page in each portfolio is a painting guide and shows some of the projects in suggested colors.
This collection contains 20 pages of Ol' Don's patterns that were originally published in the National Wood Carvers Association's "Chip Chats" magazine from 1997 through the January/February 2000 issue. 10 major patterns plus pages explaining the shape and form of facial features, pattern reference drawings and a page showing how to create a variety of expressions on the face using the eyes, eyebrows and the mouth.
This portfolio contains 17 previously published patterns that were drawn for the "Wood Carvers' Porch" and posted on their web site's pattern pages. A variety of projects mostly designed for the beginning to intermediate carver.
An in-depth study of the realistic head, this portfolio is a detailed analysis of the head and the face. The main focus is on the features, explaining their relative shapes, forms and proper location on an average head. Unlike the other portfolios, this one also contains many photographs in addition to the drawings showing facial features from various angles and perspectives so that they may be carved convincingly and in their proper relationship to each other. The 3 female and 3 male bust patterns are referred to as caricatures rather than realistic heads to allow more flexibility during the carving process though the underlying principles are the same.
"Create A Recognizable Caricature... " focuses on how to identify the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) differences which gives each of us our unique appearance. It explains through text, drawings and photographs how to analyze your subject, identify what makes them recognizable and how to exaggerate correctly in order to create a caricature that looks more like your subject than they do. It is an ideal companion volume to the detailed head study portfolio mentioned above. The 3 female and 3 male caricature bust patterns provide examples for analysis as well as for carving practice in creating your recognizable caricature.
This is Ol' Don's third all-girl portfolio and contains the pattern for his most popular carving, the "Scratch Golfer". You'll also find a pattern for a very attentive, cute little French Maid. A reclining young lady who would feel right at home on your desk might be your first project choice from this portfolio or perhaps the gal with a bit of an attitude about her would suit your carving mood. The fifth major pattern in this portfolio is a fantasy female figure ready to do battle with whatever mythical creature happens to cross her path.
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