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Relief Carving Relief carving is the use of perspective, highlights, shadows, and texture to effectively create an illusion of depth.This relief carving of two swans, was designed to demonstrate every element of this definition.
That is the 'what' we are going to do.The real heart of this article however is the 'how', using a piece of basswood that is 8" high, 10" wide, and ½" thick.The process of relief carving doesn't differ dramatically from carving in the round.
Carving is a process of refinement involving a series of steps from the general to the specific.There are three main steps for this relief carving: OUTLINING, CONTOURING, and DETAILING.Start by transferring the pattern onto your piece of wood.
Notice the perspective introduced by making the swans different sizes and by overlapping.Draw pattern on wood Outline the SwansOutlining raises the subject matter above the wood surface or, put another way, it pushes the background behind the subject.
Use a parting tool (V-gouge) with one side vertical on the line of the drawing.To avoid inadvertently lifting strips of wood, be careful to keep the other side of the gouge clear of the wood surface.Remove wood perpendicular to the outline with a #5...