When the discussion turns to talking about proportion, depth, scale, and fullness of each element we are not talking about technical power carving issues.
To truly master power relief carving, or any type of power carving / woodcarving it takes more than just getting the design transferred onto the wood. To become the very best you can takes so much more than this one step.
Proportion, depth, fullness, scale, and creating a look of 3 dimensionality is where Artistic Principles come into play. Artistic principles do not change no matter what medium you choose to express yourself in. There really is no other way around this, but to study art principles in general.
Even though you may have no intention of becoming a great painter, pencil or charcoal artist, or sculptor understanding the basic principles of art will aid you immensely with your power carving efforts.
In what form would you prefer to learn these principles in?
I know that wood carving is definitely one form that you would love to learn from, but don’t limit yourself to just wood carving. There are so many wonderful resources available from AMAZING artists that can help you develop your skills, talents, and understanding. Don’t be afraid to look for sources outside of power carving.
This turns into a discussion about what you find of interest because you can learn these principles from drawing with a pencil, painting, sculpting or other like medium. You don’t need to think about this as becoming a “professional” in these types of disciplines. But think about this as adding skills and understanding to your current skill set.
There is a book that I truly love that teaches these founding principles. It is “Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain” by Betty Edwards. This book is wonderful. The 4th Edition came out only a couple of years ago. I have the one published in 1999, and it is great.
It is about “Seeing” as an artist. Becoming more observant and understanding what the building blocks of art are, and seeing things as an artist would see them.
Further Developing Your “Artistic Eye”
Beyond that book I would suggest finding books on the subjects that you love; ie. deer, elk, bobcats, fish, birds, etc. Find drawing books on the subjects you love, and learn how these subjects are constructed from an artistic perspective.
There are many sources of information that you can find from books, videos, YouTube, and more all are resources available to you for reference and learning Artistic Principles. Use the medium you enjoy, and this will help your understanding and implementation of proportion, depth, scale, and more.
This really is why I say that power relief carving is a journey and not a race.
I will be creating specific “Artist Development” training to help begin to teach these principles from a woodcarving perspective. However, teaching these principles without first teaching a strong foundation of skills would be a disservice to those that are here to learn power relief carving.
Everything in its turn.
There is so much to this journey. I truly love learning all of this, and I know that those that find joy in this will also continue to learn.
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