I am finally catching up with myself and getting back on track with my Sculpture Challenge, my day two sculpture is complete and I am so pleased to be able to share it.
Day two has been a tricky one to decide which design to actually go with as I had several emotions swirling around in the day, though I did not really want to try to put more than one into the sculpture.
In the end I settled on something that has been a huge part of my life for the past 8 days or so, motorway driving and in particular Operation Stack on the M20. Out of the past 8 days I have driven up and down the motorway for 7 of them, you can say that I am a little motorwayed out! And on Tuesday I made the mistake of trying to get somewhere in rush hour traffic, the memory of the sight of the M20 as basically a carpark all the way up to junction 4 where I turned off will stay with me for a long time. Luckily I was travelling north so I did not get stuck in it.
All that driving has made me feel very tired, especially my eyes and all I felt on Tuesday evening was that my eyes were huge and all I could see were all the white line markings across my eyes and nothing else…..
Eyes are a very big focus for this mask, eyes and nothing else….
Starting the sculpture was a lot easier today, my brain was already in the right frame of mind. So the start was like yesterday, drawing a rough shape on and cutting it out with some straight pieces left so it could be held easily in the vice. Roughing out the shape and carving in the huge eye sockets, but mostly leaving the shape as quite basic as I want the eyes to be the emphasis, I want all the attention on them.
The eyes were drawn in to check the placement and then cut through from the front, I cut them fairly deep so that when I cut from the back towards them I could find them better and not cut right through which is my greatest fear and would ruin all the work done so far.
Again I have not cut the mask very thin, it’s something I need to build up to a bit more, maybe when I have some more time as its quite a time consuming thing and in the limited time that I have I don’t want to spend it making the piece beautifully thin, I will save that for another time. All I wanted was that the eye holes could be seen through.
With the carving finished I knew I wanted to paint the eye sockets and played with a couple of ways of putting the white lines across the sockets. I decided that they should go round the sockets as to me that made me feel more of the tiredness I was feeling after all the driving.
I do love the effect of the massive eye sockets and I feel that they really stand out which is what I have been aiming for all along. I think I’ll hang this one next to yesterday’s above my carving bench.
What I find so brilliant about doing all this is all the ideas that free flow from the process of making. All the different variations and possibilities and ways of trying things. I have so many more ideas I want to try, and I would really like to make a full size mask. I am already contemplating making some more of these small sketch masks so I can try out ideas relatively quickly before making a larger one.
Today’s mask has pleased me no end and I am really quite chuffed that it is so very different to yesterdays and will give me the opportunity of going forwards in more than one direction.
I am looking forward to what tomorrow will bring…..
Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Sculpture, Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .