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Paul Carrick
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Greetings! I am a freelance illustrator/artist from Boston, much of my work falls into the fantasy/games genre, with a specialty of H.P. Lovecraft inspired art. I've been enjoying music illustration (CDs, LPs and the like) recently and would welcome more of it.

Current Residence: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Ugh!  I was going through my notifications and accidentally deleted the links to two two most recent watchers before having a chance to check out their pages and thank them.  Is there a way to recover this info?  Either way, if you recently started watching me (within a week or so) and I haven't thanked you for watching my art... thank you!!!
Portrait in Cherry by nightserpent
Portrait in Cherry
Cherry 8 x 5.5", finished with oil and wax.

I was eager to try carving wood once again, though one of the slowest parts of my process seems to be deciding what to make.  I just went with a generic human face as the default.   The wood was scrap from a furniture maker friend, it had a few splits in it which made it seem like the perfect practice material.   I've seen other carvings with splits, so I thought I'd just embrace the look.  As the carving progressed the splits progressed, requiring multiple glue/clamping sessions, I eventually glued and screwed the wood to a backing board.  At some point I found myself wanting some reference, and since I was the most convenient guinea pig I volunteered myself, and the carving started to take on more of my likeness.  To my surprise, as I was shaping out the eye on the right, some dark pigmentation was revealed in the wood- perfectly lining up to suggest an iris and pupil!  As I am still very early in the learning phase, I saw this as an opportunity to explore various levels of detail and finish, blending from raw rough cuts to a polished surface which reveals the grain in an almost holograph-like manner.

I'm having a lot of fun with this!  I appreciate the "old world" nature of all that is involved with carving wood, I think it is a great foil to all the heavily digitized and virtual nature of life today.   As someone who has worked predominantly in two-dimensions, learning to see and think in three has been very stimulating.
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carving practice- art nouveau head 2 by nightserpent
carving practice- art nouveau head 2
Stained/waxed Butternut wood, 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 7"

I have a large project in mind involving a lot of carving with traditional hand tools.  I don't have much experience so I have to start figuring it out!  Here's my first official attempt, which I have based roughly on a plaster casting I have of an art nouveau era carving.    It is very challenging for one who mostly paints, but I am thoroughly enjoying the learning process.  Learning how to sharpen and maintain all the differently shaped chisels and gouges is a major hurdle in itself, but it is very rewarding when you make very clean and controlled cuts.

other view:  fav.me/d9okw60
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carving practice- art nouveau head by nightserpent
carving practice- art nouveau head
Stained/waxed Butternut wood, 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 7"

I have a large project in mind involving a lot of carving with traditional hand tools.  I don't have much experience so I have to start figuring it out!  Here's my first official attempt, which I have based roughly on a plaster casting I have of an art nouveau era carving.    It is very challenging for one who mostly paints, but I am thoroughly enjoying the learning process.  Learning how to sharpen and maintain all the differently shaped chisels and gouges is a major hurdle in itself, but it is very rewarding when you make very clean and controlled cuts.

other view:  fav.me/d9okyub
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Call the Name by nightserpent
Call the Name
acrylic  Illustration for the short story "Call the Name" by Adam Nevill for the Lovecraftian Anthology 'the Gods of Lovecraft' journal-store.com/bookstore/th…
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Jssvoboda Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Happy Birthday
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
:)  Thank you!
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:iconjssvoboda:
Jssvoboda Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
you're welcome
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DrowsyBrowser Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
have a great birthday and keep up that beautiful art! :)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
I did, thanks, and I'll try my best with the other part. ;)
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SATTISH Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Thanks!! :)
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Happy Birthday! May Cthulhu bless you but not keep you!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
:lol:  Thanks!  I guess it's OK if he just borrows me now and then for the occasional portrait. :)
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SnowblindPariah Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Your work is metal as fuck! Keep it up!
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