Here, I’ve used a compressor to clear off the tool marks and further clarify the forms. I’ve begun to notice something that I don’t like — the proportion of the head seems too small!
The thing about carving — its subtractive nature — is that once material is carved away, it’s gone. If too much is taken off, it can’t be added back. I had no choice but to rethink this piece. I stopped working on it, and decided to wait for the time when I’d have enough experience to know what to do with it. I didn’t know then that I would wait for almost eight years.