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Old Monday 9th January 2012, 20:27   #1
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Wood carving

Usually carve marine mammals but also enjoy sketching birds from life. Thought I'd have a go at carving with minimal detail, to convey a bird as a sketch in wood (hope that makes sense). Hope you can i.d. it (European birders) if not I'm going to stick to humpback whales

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Old Monday 9th January 2012, 22:55   #2
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this is beautiful, Steve - I like your approach of keeping something back. How are you colouring this?
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2012, 06:41   #3
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Excellent now what about a few pics of the Whales now you have wet our appetite
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2012, 08:34   #4
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seen this somewhere before? looks like a bronze cast...very nice...mark
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Usually carve marine mammals but also enjoy sketching birds from life. Thought I'd have a go at carving with minimal detail, to convey a bird as a sketch in wood (hope that makes sense). Hope you can i.d. it (European birders) if not I'm going to stick to humpback whales

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/...IMG_0047-1.jpg

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/...e/IMG_0037.jpg
that's very smart with quality shape and just the basics of colour, not the full fiddlies of plumage
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Wow! I'd love to learn how to do that. Well done!
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2012, 21:38   #7
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Many thanks for the comments.
Tim - acrylic sponged onto lime-wood and finished with beeswax. Usually post on the wood-carvers institute forum Mark so you may have seen this bird there. Familiar with your fantastic ringed plover. Here's a few more whale/dolphin carvings. Looking forward to posting sketches/carving and learning from the inspirational artists on this site. Have been pursuing bird photography for the last six years - because I have had limited field time and love coming home with images of what I've seen - sat down last weekend and did some sketching. What an epiphany! Have really, really missed it. Didn't pick the camera up for five hours, I was that absorbed. Best regards. Steve
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2012, 22:05   #8
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Very nice work, impressed with how the forms flow. John
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fantastic stuff..keep on posting please...mark
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fantastic work...love it...
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Old Thursday 12th January 2012, 08:12   #11
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Hi Steve,

Brilliant stuff, what sort of size are the whales

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Wow, great work!!! O:-)

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Are you self taught, would love to be able to have a go at doing something like that, a real talent.
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Thanks again for the comments. The whales and dolphins are around a foot long. Go for it Osprey31 - I started by picking up a bird carving book four years ago. I've only done a few bird carvings but transferred the techniques to Marine Mammals. If you enjoy drawing and like the idea of going 3D wood is a great material. Most of my carvings are in European lime.
Here's a couple of good resources for wildlife carvers:
www.bdwca.org.uk/
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This second site has some fantastic demonstrations
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I just realised I hadn't posted anything about these great carving Steve. Love-em
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Great stuff, lets see more.
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Just discovered this thread, and glad I did! Wonderful pieces here...hope to see more.
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Old Friday 20th January 2012, 19:35   #18
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Couple of watercolours

A couple of paintings from my own photos (before the photobug really got hold). Have decided to go pixel-free and focus on sketching and carving. Love other people's photos - e.g. fantastic stuff on bird forum - but never really got the excitement and complete involvement that sketching in the field gives or carving in my workshop. I shudder when I think how much I spent on photo gear and how I could never quite settle into the art-form. Live and learn I guess. I managed to swap some photo gear for a Swarokski scope and hoping to get some binos - can anyone recommend binos for sketching, for those times a scope isn't practical.
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love the both of them, a bit on the dark side though...is your monitor calibrated? and could do with them being bit bigger..but great stuff, keep up the good work..mark.
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[quote=Steve Heath;2342378]A couple of paintings from my own photos (before the photobug really got hold). Have decided to go pixel-free and focus on sketching and carving.[/QUOTE

My guess is that you won't regret going pixel-free Steve and you're off to a great start.
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Old Friday 20th January 2012, 22:44   #21
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Thanks guys.

My photography at fault I'm afraid Mark. Dark was my trademark. I have a friend with a studio. I'm in the process of designing a website and he's agreed to do the pics.

These images are around 275KB. Thought there was a 300KB limit on JPegs. Here's a couple more. Again painted from a selection of my own photos.
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loving your work, you made a good choice by going back painting...& carving, cannot wait to see more....keep up the great work..mark
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Some initial attempts at field sketching

A few initial field sketches. I have come to two conclusions - birds are great to watch and draw and, most astute of all, they never, ever keep still (or so it seems). Started drawing with bic biros (the shelduck and BH gull) but decided to go with pencil (goldfinch); although it introduces the temptation to erase, it doesn't define the edges where light meets bird, which is what I really love about wildlife watercolours. Started using heavy cartridge paper but have just discovered Moleskine watercolour notebooks. These are beautifully made with a cold pressed watercolour paper that accepts graduating washes and pencil shading. They open up flat and will accept paint on both sides. The goldfinch is on the back of the paper.
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All very nice and indicate great things in the future. I personally prefer the first two but that's largely just me. They all look quite good.
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Couple of field sketches.

A couple more field sketches - common gulls in watercolour.
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