Literary works of art have long been illustrated by two dimensional art through drawings, paintings and photography. Often classical sculpture has illustrated a larger story through its visual effect that upon seeing the sculpture the story is remembered. Caricature carver Steve Prescott has introduced a unique way of using caricature carving of inanimate objects to illustrate cowboy poetry. Steve has collected hats, primarily western hats for a long time and when he read a poem entitled “I Know That Hat” his creative genius came to life to create a caricature illustration for the literary art of cowboy poetry. In his own words and through photographs Steve illustrates a cowboy poetry poem with his caricature art through HATS. (click on photos to enlarge)
Caricature of Inanimate Objects
Way back in Mrs. Myers 11th grade literature class I hated studying poetry considering it too mushy and flowery. Since then, I have discovered cowboy poetry and I have it. It’s down to earth, humorous and deals with real life situations. My favorite cowboy poet is Baxter Black. His poem, “I Know that Hat,” struck a note with me as a hat lover, as well. I decided to try a caricature woodcarving that would go with the poem. Read the rest of this entry »
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One of the exercises in the “A-B-C’s of Face Carving” is to do the progressive exercise described in A PLANE FACE using an inch square by an inch and half basswood block. The photo above shows the progressive steps to carve a face using this exercise. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the exercises in the “A-B-C’s of Face Carving” is to begin with a half inch thick by two and half inch by an inch and half rectangle block of basswood. A grid is drawn to divide into three proportions vertically and horizontally to learn about the Rule of Three proportions. Next the corners of this rectangle are whittled away to begin shaping an oval depicting the half of a hen egg shape. On the face of the oval a vertical center line is drawn which is followed with a horizontal line at the top of the middle third proportion representing the eyebrow bone structure. At the bottom of the middle third proportion a V line is drawn to represent the flair of the nose nostrils. (As illustrated in the top illustration in the photo above.) Read the rest of this entry »
For a complete description of all the WOOD BEE CARVER Signature Series Knives made by HELVIE KNIVES look under “COOL LINKS” in the right hand box and click of “Helvie Knife Guide.” The guide is written in such a way to present combinations of knives that complement each other or are similar in appearance and use. The guide can be printed as well as simply read on the computer. Knives may be purchased by contacting Helvie Knives at 765-675-8811.
Whittle Doodles are doodling with a knife while shaping a block of wood with a variety of carving designs. The Mini Whittle Doodle is carved into an inch square by three quarters of inch block of basswood using a small bladed knife to carve four faces and embellish with freehand chip carved designs. The knife was made by the carver using the same blade material Bud Murray uses to make his knives (planer blade steel). (click on each photo to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »