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The paint work is outstanding! A good carving can be easily turned into a crappy one with inferior paint work, My paint skills have much to be desired.
 

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its case of experience and practise but i keep trying and hoping i improve but i learn a lot from American sites such as decoy and wildlife carving sites

It is important to get good materials such as paints and good brushes airbrush etc.so much is spoilt be cheap paints and brushes

and think the worse thing is using a gloss varnish on the subject matter it never looks good and it gives a very unnatural look

Puppet carvers never use gloss on the subject as it detracts from the look and gives a glare when he light catches it which detracts from the subject and the puppet performance

some people tend to specialise in different carvings Gloops tends to carve dogs does a pretty good job of it .I try waterfowl mainly although have carved other items but mainly its about having fun . Danger is of course fooling your self it looks good not many people are straight forward and brutal with the truth
 
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