Female Torso

3 rd Carving in the Round

Another project from the book CARVING IN THE ROUND by Andrew Thomas.

The study of human form is a subject that has obsessed artists since time immemorial, and one that is not only facinating but also very important to explore and experiment with as you begin to develop your woodcarving skills.

The human body is an incredibly complex machine with almost infinite degrees of articulation and movement that can be very challenging for the sculptor to capture correctly. So, this is a gentile introduction to the subject with a fairly simple abstracted design that incorporates the correct scale of the human form and has movement in the upper body and the legs.

What I learned

  • How to add movement to a figurative sculpture
  • How to form the basic shape of the human female figure
  • How to abstract certain details
  • How to add the subtle surface anatomy of the breast, abdoman, hips, shoulders, back, buttocks and legs
  • How to add tensions to the medium
  • How to make an appropriate base

Basswood, 10-3/4"h x 3-3/4"w x 2-1/2"d. Base, Walnut.