Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Making Santa Jolly!

Many times when a Santa is carved some of the features are too flat.  The most common features that end up too flat are the nose and cheeks.  Some times one stops carving before these features are rounded.  The resulting look while still nice, would be different if the nose tip and the cheeks were rounded instead of flat.  In this first photo note the nose and cheeks have flat surfaces.  This look may be fine for a Flat Plane carving, but maybe not what is needed in a more life like carving.

With a bit of additional knife work you can round the cheeks be removing the hard edges of the facets of the cheeks.  You can do the same with the nose.  By making the cheeks and nose rounder, the Santa appears a bit more jolly.

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