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Carving Project Completion

When carving how do you know when to stop detailing before it starts to ruin or altering what you are trying to do?  Does anyone have a good rule of thumb or a trigger point to say enough is enough😀?  Sorry, should have put under a different forum.

I don't care what medium you work in, be it wood, stone, oil paint, whatever, any artist will tell you this is always a problem. How do you know when you're done? For me many times it's because I'm sick of looking at it. And then after I've decided it's done I'll look at it again and still see things I should have done. It's good if you have someone you can use as a sounding board. I'll show carvings to my wife and she'll usually point out areas that she feels need more work. I usually just say "OK" and then decide on my own if I agree with her. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. If you're like most artists you'll never be 100% satisfied with what you've created. Sometimes you just have to say,"That's it, it's done."

That’s hysterical...I ask my wife the same thing....how does this look...then I still don’t believe her and keep back at it...  I am glad to hear I am not the only one😀.  Thanks again Jim.

When I am working on a commission the best way to determine when I am finished is when I begin to get below minimum wage 🙂 Then it's time to put the chisel down and walk away.

When I am working on a project for myself it's a lot more difficult. I honestly can say I never really feel that a project is ever completely finished. I remember when I asked Christopher Schwarz how I know when my book is finished his answer was great. "When you are so sick of seeing it, reading it, editing it, and you want to throw it on the ground and stomp on it - and then throw it into the fire. Then you're done..."

Maybe that's a bit extreme. But yes - other people's eyes on your work certainly help. My husband has offered many suggestions that I would never have considered. Even thought it often causes a project to take longer, it is good to have other eyes viewing it, as we can easily go down one track and not see certain things.

Not sure if any of that helped, but make sure whatever, that you are still having fun!