Think you hit it on the head thereWhen it's too cold to work in the garage or you have had injury/surgery what do you do with your time to keep your chops up?
Suggestions besides 'looking for reference and inspiriation" aka surfing the web
Draw! This is a missing component of many a carver/sculptor. Drawing does several things, it trains your brain, gets ideas on paper and aids in final concept. You learn shapes and flows through graphite that is erasable before putting it to wood.
Sculpt, get some clay (a hard clay is preferable Chavant Med or hard) get a feel for forms, harder clays you can cut with tools. This give you an idea of what you are going to carve as well has hand training.
You can get reference materials by surfing and make patterns. References are very important to help an artist with scale and proportion, and to give a realistic touch to your work.
Any other ideas?
What do you do?
One of the reasons i have been looking at my books again
Looking for ideas and inspiration.going through the books i got when i first started carving bot so long ago.
The light quality is bad just fed up with winter just try to prepar for carving