Express Your Self Through Wood Carving

Express Your Self Through Wood Carving

I know it may sound weird but who cares anyway. Modernization has allowed us to be ourselves and follow our own calling. Don’t let the views of others hinder you from doing what you love. I was there myself, locked up in my own self defeating beliefs. Beliefs made by external resources about myself, that I’m not going to be anything in the future. Those days are over, wake up to a new day full of hope and acceptance.

Start With Something Soft

I would recommend you to start carving using soft materials. They are cheap and easier to maneuver unlike woods which will cause you good amount of money and their prices varies depending on what type of wood it is. I recommend that you don’t spend too much when you are just starting to learn to carve because believe me, you’ll make mistakes. And don’t worry when you make terrible mistakes because that’s where I truly learned my skills in carving. You could carve watermelon, pumpkins, and candles as you first canvas.

Prepare Your Tools

If you are serious to learn, this is the part where you could invest. Buy some basic tools and you can buy the extras once you already progressed to the skilled level. You can get it the set here www.leevalley.com. The set consists of a , 3/8″ skew chisel, 3/8″ bent chisel, 5/16″ bent gouge, 9/64″ bent parting tool, 9/64″ straight gouge, and 3/8″ straight chisel. These are the only tools you need at first, nothing else.

Let Your Imagination Loose

The reason why I like carving is it lets you become wild with ideas and carve it. Whenever I’m mad, I lay my frustrations to the wood and create something dark. And when I’m happy, you’ll see it in my work. Both are beautiful in their own ways. So if you want to be figurative, that’s fine. Don’t think about pleasing people for now because you are not doing this for money yet. If you already made up your mind to make this as profession then that’s the time to tame a little bit and create something that people will understand. A piece of advice, you are an artist for a reason, do things in your own terms. People will accept your work whatever it is once you overcame the odds. So just be free and let your imagination loose.

Incorporate Other Materials

I don’t believe that sculptures should be made with one material only. You can use broken glasses, add metals, plastics, beads, or whatever materials you want to add. Great artist now a days are versatile when it comes to incorporating materials to their masterpieces. Humans love diversity. We are not contented in just one flavor, we want more and more.

The Life Of A Sculptor Is Not An Easy One

The Life Of A Sculptor Is Not An Easy One

If You Think That Becoming A Sculptor Is Easy, Think Again

“Do What You Love, and You’ll Never Work Another Day in Your Life”. You might have seen this quote before in the Internet, reassuring you that you can follow your dream and everything will run smoothly. But it’s always the case because you will hit a rocky road ahead. Sometimes, you’ll stop and ask yourself if you are doing the right thing. As an artist, I have encountered this many times, more than I could remember. If think that you just need a skill to carve, you are wrong.

Sometimes You Have To Starve

We know great sculptors who have millions in their bank accounts. They  have made their name known and every work they present are appreciated and worth millions. But during the starting stage, it’s not the case. When you are just new or someone who is not known yet, your income is not that stable. You’ll have to work very hard and get little rewards, that is the price for doing what you love. All you can do is to continue what you have started and gather all your guts and courage in the hopes that one day, someone will take notice how great you are. And you know that when that day comes, you’ll never have to starve again.

You Lose Track Of Time

A piece of art can consume a lot of your time. There will be times that you don’t know the difference between day and night because you are so preoccupied in your work. The sweet sacrifice you have to make in order to reach your dreams. You sacrifice time with your family and loved ones for a piece of art. It may sound absurd but you can’t help it. The monster in you is so strong, all you can do is to give in. But the prize is great once your work is finished. It’s like welcoming a new born baby in the family.

It Makes You Weirder

Bankable pieces of art are those that are out of this world. People like to see complications in your work. Sounds weird right? In the world of art, the weirder the better. It is the exact opposite of working for the corporate world. So don’t judge an artist when they appear to be weird because that’s how we are trained. We become weirder for the sake of your enticement and attention.

Consider These Before Sculpting

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From traditional art to modern art, we can’t deny the fact that sculpting has come a long way since it was first applied during the Late Stone Age. Back then, sculpting can only be done by art geniuses like Michelangelo and Donatello. But now, sculpting can be done by anyone else – or more specifically, those who are looking to expand their knowledge in art and even those who are still looking to expand their knowledge on the basics of art.

In other words, sculpting can be done by you – even if you’re just someone who’s passing by.

Thus, it’s only right for you to consider these before sculpting:

The Primary Material, Other Materials You’ll Use With It

What kind of sculpture are you looking to create? Is it wood? Is it steel? How about stone or clay? Or better yet, lead from pencils or wax from candles? Regardless of the primary material you’re going to use, it’s still important to consider other materials you’ll use with it. This is for you to ensure that you’re not just creating a masterpiece that will last for years, but also one that will last in other people’s memories for years due to the harmony that goes with putting together materials that greatly complement each other in terms of structure and color.

BONUS TIP: Is wood your primary material for sculpting? Try using your old skateboard deck as base platform. You can also use it as finishing touch. This will not only allow you to be more inspired with your chosen theme – let’s say, a person jumping – but also allow you to be more harmonized with your primary material. Skateboard decks are usually made from wood, which can be used as complement to the main type of wood and even as complement to the other materials you’ll use with it.