Techniques

Photo Tips

Photo Tips

Want to make your carving project stand out in a photograph? Look no further! Click on the links below to views tips on how to better light, compose, focus, and size your photographs. CLICK HERE for tips about photo lighting. CLICK HERE for tips about photo composition. CLICK HERE for […]

by January 3, 2017 Techniques
Carving a Nose

Carving a Nose

Once you learn the basic technique, you can modify it for any face By Harold Enlow The nose is the most prominent feature of the face, and there are many different ways to carve one. You can increase the length, reduce the width, or change the shapes of the tip […]

by January 13, 2017 Techniques
Photo Tips: Composition

Photo Tips: Composition

Composition Creating a well-lit, properly-focused image of adequate resolution means little if the scene you’ve shot is unclear to the viewer. The composition of your photo needs to communicate to your audience. This is especially true of photos in a step-by-step series that instructs a how-to message.   Choose your […]

by August 30, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Lighting

Photo Tips: Lighting

PHOTOTIPS Lighting Temperature This does not refer to the heat created by a bulb, but the hue or color of the light produced from a light source. The most common problem I find in a series of photos is that the color will shift dramatically from shot to shot. The […]

by July 18, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

In this age of digital manipulation, the computer can enhance and correct images in many ways. However, there’s no software program that can sharpen an image that is out of focus. The only way to assure a crisp image is to take one. Almost every digital camera has an auto-focus. […]

by March 18, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

Photo Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

(No Will Power Needed) By Jon Deck I am constantly sought out to evaluate images that are sent to us by contributors. And the first thing I look for is the resolution of the photo. Many times we receive images that are far too low in resolution to meet the […]

by January 15, 2016 Techniques
Painting Instructions: Cottonwood Bark Santa

Painting Instructions: Cottonwood Bark Santa

Step-by-step instructions to paint this holiday favorite By Rick Jensen Many carvers struggle with painting. Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos showing how I paint the Santa. Finishing the carving After the paint has dried, seal the piece with a few light coats of spray lacquer, allowing the […]

by November 27, 2014 Techniques

Painting the Dragons in a Box

In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), we provided basic instructions to paint the dragons and castle box. Below, there is a PDF of the exact paints Carolea Hower used for her dragons, plus a gallery of additional reference photos of each of the dragons. Attachments: Paint Chart

by May 22, 2014 Techniques

Painting a Scrap Wood Santa

Paint any Santa using these basic tips. Most of my Santas are painted with acrylic paints. Complete instructions to carve a Santa from a piece of scrap wood can be found in then exclusive subscriber-only supplement to Woodcarving Illustrated Hoiday 2012, Issue 61. While I use some artist-quality Liquitex paints […]

by December 5, 2012 Techniques

Sharpening With Power

In the Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2012, Mac Proffitt demonstrated how to sharpen using power tools. The goal in power sharpening is the same as hand sharpening—a sharp tool. But many people find power sharpening quicker and easier. Safety When you sharpen tools with power, you generate heat, sparks, and noise. […]

by April 10, 2012 Techniques