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Caricature Carving From Head To Toe: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide To Capturing Expression And Humor In Wood

Find out what makes a carving "caricature" with this top-notch guide. First you will learn how anatomy relates to expression by creating a clay model. Then, you will follow the author step-by-step through an entire carving project for an Old Man with Walking Stick. Additional patterns for alternate facial expressions, wood selection, tools and a photo gallery also included.

Paperback: 91 pages

Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (October 1, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 156523121X

ISBN-13: 978-1565231214

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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When I decided to pick up a caricature carving book I was thrilled by the number of titles available. This excitement soon turned to confusion as I tried to decide which books to add to my cart and which to leave on the .com shelf. A large part of the problem was that most of the books within the field of caricature carving seemed to carry a 4 or 5 star rating which prevented me from enacting Rule No.1 of my RULE OF PURCHASE which states: All things being equal, purchase the item with the highest customer rating. So with Rule No.1 nullified I found myself pouring over page after page of LOOK INSIDE in an attempt to narrow down my choices. Unfortunately, that wasn't much help either so I took the unprecedented step of just buying EVERY caricature carving book I could find that carried a 4 or 5 star rating.10 days and 5 titles later I'm ready to offer you my feedback, based on a few essential criteria, in the hopes that I'll save you both the time and the money I invested. Before I get to my ratings, let me run down the criteria I used to make my assessments:1) Larger books with good color photography trump smaller books with black & white photography.2) Books that provide step-by-step instruction are far superior than photographic collections of finished projects.3) Books that provide complete instruction, from wood selection to painting techniques, are better than books offering scant or piecemeal instruction.4) Because individual carvers have unique styles, I found that the books that contained the works of numerous carvers were far more instructional than those containing the works of just one carver.

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