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Old 08-19-2010, 08:10 PM
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A "carving" experiment

After an unexpected deployment of the notion of carving with the torch on the head of Perseus on the Medusa sculpture, I decided to execute an aside. A small, simply gestured, piece of figuration that explores the possibilities of the ace-torche's gouging, slicing, and digging.

RWJR is the resident authority in this area - and since I have said more than once that I wanted to be HIM when I grew up...here we go. My carving efforts thus far - infantile and clumsy (but those parts of my character have usually worked in my favor by the addition of a fierce obliviousness).

Its not done yet, but close. It is not so much about any "refining" - simply some "meat" on and off in a few more places; and perhaps a shortening of the torso (it takes ten seconds to cut right through and accomplish MAJOR proportional alterations).
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:11 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

And a couple more. He's two feet tall. Working title "Farmers Walk".
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:39 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Mighty fine Matthew.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:11 PM
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yes, once again, the gesture carries the day. The roughness works with the purposeful eyes-to-the-ground look.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:26 PM
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Yes, it found you! This technique is sooo right for you E. That side view in the last of the first row is FANTASTIC. So, what did it feel like? Did the earth shatter under your feet?? Must have. Can't wait to see the evolvement of your figuration.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:30 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

I think its an excellent start. The farmer does need to bulk up a bit. In some of the views the farmer has the build of a 15 year girl.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:49 PM
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I think its an excellent start. The farmer does need to bulk up a bit. In some of the views the farmer has the build of a 15 year girl.
You're right Joe...some "flesh" will be added...but I must be careful not to make the thing about anatomy - cause that is another entire thing to address...a focus there always diminishes gesture "woodens" the thing; improves in very realistic efforts. So I will bulk him up only in the interest of proportion.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:45 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Another exciting start, Ev. I like the gesture very much, and as you say, that's the real thing about sculpture. You make it sound like you're near a volcano vent when you work that way.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:44 PM
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I have never been totally satisfied with only assembling bits of scrap...there is always an aggressive manipulation involved to let the process participate fully. So having this as yet another way of "having-my-way" with the matter is exciting.
Of course this will growing into a need for yet improved gear, as I'm not likely to remain with small works. And now, as the compositions are solidified the weights will be even more demanding (in material cost as well as handling).

But the best part is when the air-arc gouging torch aims errantly and back-splashes you with torrents of white-hot liquified steel. boots, cuffs and crevices become entryways for the stuff to find skin. I am spotted with tiny craters. But I cant do the leather costume...WAY too hindering and mummifying. Extra layers of the usual thrift store fare will have to do, I suppose.

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:41 AM
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Great piece Matt, love the way you blocked it out using the ball bearings. Keep em coming! have you tried the gouging tip yet, might reduce some of the flesh burns, they do add up. I know some might not care for craft issues but when working with this heavy dangerous stuff it can save your ass to have a good base of knowledge/craft. I'm sure you'll add to the craft of carving steel as you make more pieces. Maybe you'll write a book about it?
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:06 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Thanks RW. Do the make a gouging tip for the Smith sc12 cutters? If not which brand name has the best one ?(I have many old cutters laying around).
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:52 PM
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victor is the only brand I've used and a #4 is the largest I've found
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:55 PM
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Well this turned out really well. I really like the juxtapose between the recognisable bits and the carved, totally manipulated, parts. Adds a nice tension to the piece. And it makes it yours as well .
I am a big fan of RW s carved steel as well. I think I have watched that u tube video ten times.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:17 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Mammon led them on,
Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell
From heav'n, for ev'n in heav'n his looks and thoughts
Were always downward bent, admiring more
The riches of Heav'ns pavement, trod'n Gold
Then aught divine or holy else enjoy'd
In vision beatific: by him first
Men also, and by his suggestion taught,
Ransack'd the Center, and with impious hands
Rifl'd the bowels of thir mother Earth
For Treasures better hid.
Lines 678-689 Paradise Lost, John Milton

May I suggest the title "investment banker"
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:28 AM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Ha! Mammon.. Great stuff and he gets better in book 2..

"Nor want we skill or Art, from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can Heav'n shew more?
Our torments also may in length of time
Become our Elements, these piercing Fires
As soft as now severe, our temper chang'd
Into their temper"...
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:56 PM
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Re: A "carving" experiment

Careful, SW lest we be fingered as scribbler sympathizers...

And how 'bout the greatest outsiders' pledge of all time:

"...better to rule in hell than serve in heaven."
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