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Carving 'The Lawyer'

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S: How I Carved 'A Lawyer More Than Adequately Attired In Fine Print' - Maria Senkel

FC: How I Carved A Lawyer More Than Adequately Attired In Fine Print By Maria Senkel © 2011 Maria Senkel. All Rights Reserved

1: How I carved A Lawyer More Than Adequately Attired In Fine Print (My Version) When I first started carving, I knew I wanted to create a piece that showcased a great deal of detail as well as a lot of colors. These two characteristics are always present in most of the art work I do. Carving this very ornate and intricate sculpture helped me gain more skill in the use of carving tools, including miniature carving knives and gouges. This project was a labor of love and true inspiration to me. This sculpture is my fourth carving piece and one of my most precious possessions. The theme of the carving is that of a lawyer and the profession. What makes this piece unique is not only the amount of detail in it and its abundance of colors but it also contains a lot of innuendos about the law profession. Enjoy! © 2011 Maria Senkel. All Rights Reserved. Maria Senkel | 1

2: The Inspiration | My inspiration for this carved piece was an existing sculpture by my favorite artist, James Christensen. I got the chance to meet him, at the Greenwich Workshop, in Connecticut. The artist created a painting and then had sculptures made in porcelain and bronze. I used the pictures above to create the front and side views of the lawyer and other characters. Notice that this is a diagonal view which is not the right view for creating a carving. I had to come up with my own version of a front and left side view, to proceed with my project. | All art ©The Greenwich Workshop®, Inc. All rights reserved | 2

3: This is the artist painting By James Christensen | All art ©The Greenwich Workshop®, Inc. All rights reserved | It is important to mention that I contacted the Greenwich Workshop to get permission to do this piece. I later e-mailed them with the final product for them to pass on to the artist. I don't know if they ever did. | 3

4: The Tools Used | These were the tools I used to carve all characters. This photo shows regular size gouges and miniature gouges which I used to carve the details. I also used a carving glove, a thumb guard, a knife, a sanding block, and a strop for keeping the knives sharp. In addition to these tools, I also used acrylic paints and small Rhine stones. | 4

5: This was my first attempt at drawing the lawyer. I was pretty happy when I finished this drawing because I couldn't wait to start carving but, as a novice, I did not know you couldn't work from a diagonal view when carving. It is essential to have a front and side view of the subject matter. I had to start all over again and the result is on the next page. | The Drawings | 5

6: The Lawyer | These are the front and side views of the lawyer . These two drawings were glued to the block of wood and I started carving by following the outlines. An outline is all that is needed to start carving but I was so into the drawing that I got carried away and finished all the details too. | 6

7: The Other Characters The Lawyer's Assistant | This is another one of the characters in the sculpture. He is one of the lawyer's assistants. This character is holding a magnifying glass that helps him look at the fine print in the lawyer's robe. My sculpture does not have any fine print, it is implied. | 7

8: This is a drawing I made of the character holding the rope. This character gives the carving a touch of humor. The rope is there for the lawyer's clients to hang themselves. | The Other Characters Assistant Holding The Rope | 8

9: This is a character that I added to the carving and it is not in any of James Christensen drawings or sculptures. This character holds the scroll that contains some information about the lawyer and the other characters in the carving. Contents of the scroll are shown at the end of this book. | The Other Characters Assistant Holding The Scroll | 9

10: The Unfinished Carvings | 10

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12: Painting the Carving | 12

13: Painting the Carving | 13

14: Adding More Detail | 14

15: The Completed Lawyer | 15

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18: The Details | 18

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20: The Finished Carving | 20

21: The Awards | 21

22: The Scroll | As you read the text on the scroll, look at the sculpture and try to find the items mentioned on the scroll. | 22

23: Maria Senkel Here is where I get to tell you how much I love indulging in the creative process. I have a passion for creating beautiful things regardless of the medium. I am always willing to try and experiment and let loose my imagination. I enjoy illustration and transferring to paper all those images that hide inside all corners of my imagination. What a magical gift it has been to still have that inner child in me who can still see a world covered with colors and fantastical beings. My craft enriches my life immensely and I hope to share the results of my work with everyone in this world. Sculpting is another one of my passions. Sculpting starts with a drawing and I enjoy it because it allows me to bring those character from my imagination into a 3-D format. That is the closest I can get to seeing them live. I sculpt in wood and clay. I am a self-taught artist when it comes to illustration and sculpting but I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue studies in Web Design and Multimedia. This training has been extremely rewarding because it has given me another outlet for my endless desire to create beautiful and aesthetically pleasing things to enrich people's lives. Come and explore my illustrated world at | About The Sculptress | 23

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