Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Portrait of the Artist's Dog
I've had my dog, Fumi, a Shiba-inu for about five years now, and have never done a carved study until this netsuke. It was handy having a live model around, for constant referral- though difficult in trying to capture something I know so well. She measures 6cm in length which is about the width of three of my fingers, or actual size as presented below. She's carved in boxwood, with amber eyes and horn pupils. I haven't done many animals in a realistic fashion lately and enjoyed the development of skills in hair carving and eye inlays. The ears were kept shorter than actual, to make for a better netsuke form.