I went to the Sorolla museum in Madrid. The museum was an oasis in the busy city. I liked his work and saw a few old photographs of him. I thought he had charisma and was thinking he could be the subject of my next woodworking project. The design stage went fine, but the carving not so much. He is missing parts of his ears, so I probably will redo it one day. The woodblock I used was skewed.
There are some photographs I could use as reference but they were all different ages. Sorolla’s face changed quite a bit due gained weight. So I had to mix and match a little.
Making this model is not easy. The body took some time in Blender but was ok once on the cnc machine. The wheels were easy in Fusion 360 but really hard once on the cnc machine. Alignment was difficult. I think I have about 20 failed attempts. Still have to make the steering wheel.
I saw this painting from Willem Koekkoek at Tefaf in Maastricht. I did not have the budget to buy it, but I really liked it. According Wikipedia Willem Koekkoek was known for his idealized paintings of Holland.
Die schilder laat zich blindelings door zyn begeerte vangen,
En blyft aan ‘t Jufferschap en zulk gezelschap hangen;
En schildert vorders al zyn leevens dagen niet
Dan Jufferschap; het is alles Juffers wat men ziet.
Inspired by a poem of De Lairesse. Made of an old wooden toy block. I hope my sons will not miss the block.
I still want to reduce the size of the foot, but I don’t have the right tools for it now.