I decided to create my own thread to update with some of my work as it progresses. Maybe it’ll inspire someone else or maybe I can get tips from members about how to do a new thing.
So first up is a small eagle head that I carved from scrap basswood leftover from another project. I did this today in about an hour.
I started with a small piece of scrap and sketched out the outline on the side before using my bandsaw to cut it out.
I didn’t use any references on this because I’m familiar with eagles.
Then I turned the it sideways and cut out the other silhouette. Now i have the basic shapes in both x and z axis done in about 5 minutes.
Then I started shaping it using a dremel rotary tool. At this point it’s only about capturing forms. No mind is paid to details. All attention is about pulling the basic shapes out of it. So I began rounding off edges and finding the natural anatomic lines.
Still using the dremel I switch to a ballnose bit and start pulling out details specifically around the face and eyes and refining some other shapes. As the dust collects I’m using a toothbrush every so often to clear the build-up so I can see what I’m doing. I’m also wearing a surgical mask and my glasses are covered in sawdust. I should’ve probably used goggles and respirator but I don’t have one.
An hour later I’m pretty much done. This wasn’t for any purpose other than building confidence toward my goal of carving a realistic, highly detailed, lifesize eagle. I set that goal about a year ago and I still don’t have the confidence to even start it.
I might try some sort of finish that will darken the recesses and bring out the detail a little more. But that will probably have to wait.
Thanks for looking!
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