How to / I whittle faces !

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Gary Elson

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Hi
I was asked a while ago if I could do a step by step to how I whittle faces
So here it is !!

Starting with a 30 mm x 30mm x 75mm block and using a blade about 25mm long this is my basic rough out note the centre line and start of a Hat

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I draw guide lines in using crayon as it’s less messy than pencil
Top horizontal line is the eye line ( about half way down the head) then a sort of trapezoidal shape for the nose I’ve also started to round off the head and created a chin
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Basic notches to start creating features
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Keep looking at the side profile the nose should stick out the farthest ( who’d have thought that)
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Now put in the smile lines - starting from the corner of the nose also deepen / shape the eye sockets and cheeks nose etc
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Join up the smile lines with a mouth
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Add a couple of little notches for simple eyes
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Keep rounding stuff off until you get the shape you want or it makes you smile and you will get to something like him below

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Hope this helps
Thanks for looking

Gary
 

Toddy

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You make it seem soooo simple, and I know that the eye for detail and the skill to make it 'right' are not simple things.
Thank you for the tutorial though; it makes it seem possible, and encouraging for us to have a shot ourselves :D
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Muddypaws

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Thanks for sharing. You make it look easy, which I'm sure it's not. However, you have provided inspiration for me to try.
 

Hunkyfunkster

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I tried carving a face once and gave up halfway through. I just can't seem to get my head around heads.

This has inspired me to give it another go so who knows.

Great tutorial
 

Hammock Hamster

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Thanks Gary that's really useful seeing your process.

It differs greatly from what I do which is probably why yours look so much better!


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Gary Elson

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Thanks for your comments
If you guys feel you can give it a go then I’m really pleased being able to pass on knowledge and skills is a lovely feeling
I’d love to see some of your work I bet it would be better then you give yourselves credit for and as good as mine ( sorry if that sounds a bit big headed)
Cheers see you soon
Gary
 

Hammock Hamster

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Here’s a couple of my recent ones, not a patch on yours and faces done in a very different way.
I have found a splash of paint helps hide a lot of poor carving.



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Bionic

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I’d seen this thread a while ago and meant to give it a shot but never got around to it. This bump has given me a timely reminder and it helps that I’ve just spotted a lump of basswood on the side left over from a previous project (a pig I made for my daughters birthday)
 

Sundowner

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It's dead ivy. Wasn't that bad though, apart from the heavy knife. A TSB BOAR with a 4mm thick blade!! Never mind, a whittling knife has been ordered this morning .
Now off to cut a few hazel sticks and thanks for your kind comment.