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carving practice- art nouveau head 2 by nightserpent carving practice- art nouveau head 2 by nightserpent
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.

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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful! I have always loved art nouveau 
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F0QS Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing artwork!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Thank you! :)
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Wow....I wouldn't even know where to begin. This is looking very slick! Looking forward to seeing what your imagination carves up next.....oooh, that almost sounds like a lyric!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Heh! :lol:  Thank you! :)  I am not sure I would have known where to start, either.   I read some books, asked questions from fellow woodworkers and watched a bunch of videos, first.  It's a lot to take in!
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
You've obviously took a lot in cos this is fantastic! Will we be using some Lovecraftian style busts at some point?!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Thanks!  I continue to learn more and more as I go along, there is so much to absorb and it is exciting to make the discoveries.

Something Lovecraftian seem inevitable, otherwise everyone will stop watching my account. ;)
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tikirussy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Nah, that's not going to happen :) Keep exploring, it sounds like you're loving what you're doing.....
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
I hope you're right, but I have my doubts. :(  But, there's no doubts about my loving to carve!
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Wow, that's already really good!
Cool that it looks like a very old piece of work, like a decoration of an old sailing vessel or something.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Thanks Markus!  I certainly wanted it to feel old or from another time, I think part of this project is a response/reaction to how so much of life is becoming digital and virtual. 
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016   Digital Artist
First attempt? Blimey, very cool, Paul.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Thanks!  It's my first real attempt with hand tools (chisels, gouges, knives, saws, etc).   I did carve that pipe a little while back but that was all with power tools, which is a lot easier (but noisier), but I find the old world approach more satisfying.
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016   Digital Artist
So we're going to see more? Good.

I was considering, a while back, ordering a lump of sandstone and having a go at carving something but I never did get round to it.. inspiring stuff Paul :)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
You're going to see more, like it or not! ;)

I think you should give the sandstone carving a shot.  Trying a reductive medium in three dimensions (rather than additive in 2D) is forcing me to look at forms differently, I think it is a great exercise.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
That's really impressive. I'd probably slice off a finger trying a task like that.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Thanks! :)  Surprisingly, no blood was lost during this project! :lol:  Some of my chisels came with a band-aid dispenser, which didn't fill me with too much confidence about my survival.
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