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Alpine Ibex in progress 23 by woodcarve Alpine Ibex in progress 23 by woodcarve
Busy with details, making deep holes in the rocks to create more shadowlines, going more into the dept near the looking goats, cleanig up the carving. It's playing with light , shadow and perspective lines. To get the shadow under de front rocks they are positioned to the front on top. The mountains on the background are carved to the back to cach the light. The bottom of the carving has almost the dept of the thicknes of the piece of wood. In this way you can use the dept of the wood several times.
5-6-2017 changed photo after carving a lot on the looking goat and making more holes in the rocks.I am thinking about to take down some rocks in the part behind the looking goat to create more dept in the middle of the situation
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Considering the thickness of the wood, you've managed to make it look much deeper with the shadowlines and cutouts.

A wonderful masterpiece!
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woodcarve Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, but it will  take  a lot of time to finish it
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Beautiful!  Thank you so much for sharing your process, that is an interesting challenge to take a 3D object and work it to give the illusion of more depth.
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woodcarve Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
Do you have or make a lot of specialty gouges to reach those deep recesses?

I admire how you can have both an interesting texture and grain pattern at the same time without them competing or obscuring one another.
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woodcarve Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I only use normal chisels. To make the deep recesses takes a lot of time because its going little by little and sometimes you have to take away the wood some where else first to reach the part you want to carve.

The texture and grain pattern comes on my way. It's in the wood. While carving I notice the structure and look what the wood me gives in my mind to do and carve. When I start carving with a new work I only now the situation of the animal(s) I want to carve and the outline of the background.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Interesting!  I had imagined you used long bent gouges to get in all of those recesses.  Your suggestion of knowing where to remove wood first points me in a useful direction- thank you!  I am still learning what my tools can do and sometimes I get in trouble by removing wood with one tool but lacking the ability to cleanly finish the cavity with clean cuts.

Thanks again for sharing your techniques! :)
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
Beautiful detailed work.  You have been working on this piece for some time now.
How do you plan to finish it?  Stain, handrubbed oil?
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woodcarve Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, nothing, keep it natural as all my carvings
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Can't wait to see your final exhibit!
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Stunning work.  Great idea for the light reflect on top of the mountains working with the depth of the rocks under the goats.
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sketchman51 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Awesome,just awesome!
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Eveqi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
I wonder if even more of the ibexes will show up :wow:
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woodcarve Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
?It stays 5 Ibexes. They will be carved almost free. In the center there has to be taken away a lot of wood from between and on the backside of the horns. The looking goats an the skin has to be finished before taking away the wood around the horns. :-)
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MauruCat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic detail. Very well done.
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