Part 1 of 6
First you will need some wood a limb or log your choice. I like mine to be about 3/4" to 1 1/2" round. Good walking stick size. The species I will be working with is Sycamore.
A strop. Strop a lot and carve a little.
A knife. Mine is a Flexcut detail carving knife, but you can use a box knife, pocket knife, or a fixed blade you can safely hang on to while working small.
A good old fashioned pencil.
Not pictured, but highly recommended is a carving glove for your wood holding hand. Kevlar is preferred, but a good heavy leather glove will offer some oops protection.
Get a good clean edge on your knife
Mark a center line with your pencil
Draw the bottom of the eyebrow and rough shape of the nose.
Make stop cuts along your lines.
Make slicing cuts back to your stop cuts.
Start taking the eye sockets deeper. You may have to use a combination of stop cuts and slicing cuts to achieve this.
Set in the bridge of the nose with a slicing cut.
Now we will shave a bit of material off from under the nose.
Redraw your center line under the nose. You need this to help keep proportions straight.
Draw the mustache.
Make stop cuts along your mustache lines.
Make slicing cuts back to you stop cuts in the mustache.
Thats it for now. We have a ways to go. Don't worry. I float around on the carving a lot getting major landmarks first then working in details.
I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the remaining segments.