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1 Introduction

I made my Pierced Relief Fish quite big - the measurements are in the download - and that made for a lot of work! Do bear in mind that when you increase the width/height on a carving you are making a cubic, 3-dimensional adjustment; there's more wood to come away than you might assume.

Whatever size you make your fish, we start with a drawing. You can use mine (in the download) to whatever scale you like, but I would encourage you to change it and make the fish your own.

You can back the finished carving with a different wood so a colour shows though the piercing instead of the wall. I can imagine a left and right fish as cupboard doors.

In this workshop I spend quite a bit of time looking at the act of drawing itself and how to get the fluid lines that make this design so pleasing. There are no straight lines; the outline is strong and simple, and the spaces are as interesting as the forms they surround.

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Subscriber download: Pierced Relief Fish Notes and Working Drawing


| 10 May 2020 14:47

Always flowing both drawings and carvings.
The working thoughts flow from the pictures of the mind, through a pencil and then the gouges.
The end results are beautiful.
It is fascinating watching the processes you go through, and your way of conveying your thoughts to others.
Thank you Chris

| 21 April 2020 20:41

This is definitely one of my favorites!

| 20 April 2020 15:56

I love this one Chris! So Curvaceous. Your Art Lessons come for Free I take it. Maybe you should consider doing some as a second video series.

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