89 Carving ideas: Philippe Faraut, Portrait Sculptor
Every wood carver learns from all other wood carvers. Any debate on this? One might say that a Phil Bishop or a Lynn Doughty could not learn from a raw novice, but even they would admit to learning something along the way from “newbies.” Perhaps they would not learn a new technique or great improvement of style, but newbies ask questions that are “outside the box.” Those questions make the expert carver think differently about their own work.
Having argued that we all learn from each other, it should also be no matter of debate that we learn more from an “expert” in a field than from a novice or newbie. Experts have meditated, applied, refined, and sweated over the details. Someone like Fred Cogelow has poured thousands of hours into the art of wood carving. Experts teach us more quickly because they have often walked the road we are on, they have experienced what we are struggling with. So, look for experts. Here is a clip from a sculptor I enjoy, Philippe Faraut.
I would encourage you also to look for his book “Book 1: Portrait Sculpting: Anatomy & Expressions in Clay by Philippe & Charisse Faraut.” The pictures here come from his book. There are many more.
If God be God, then no insoluble problem exists. And if God be my God, then no problem of mine is without its appropriate solution. —Maurice Roberts