my inspiration comes from many things - But the judging discussions, and angle grinder competitions (smart remarks i made), smooth decapitated mermaids,,,,all that stuff was a big part of the inspiration to create this in this way. A rejection of, or even fear of these tight qualities- along with my endless defence of " leave the marks the tool WANTS to leave" have brought me to this piece.
Although admittedly i may touch the high surfaces of the skin and the tips of the feathers with an angle grinder to pull up the highlights just a bit more before i seal her, I feel like she is finished- (maybe complete is a better word).
Without being ridiculously slow, this is as good as i can get with a chainsaw only- a bit over 12 hours on her.
judging? I doubt this would win any of the competitions I have been to. (usually they are more like 20 hours).
I would bet, a more finished piece- even if it is lame- would beat it at the end of the tally.
I'm not saying that is right or wrong. i'm just sayin.
Feel free to give your opinion on how it would have judged. (don't forget to take off points for the bark and all the unfinished stuff (like those saw lines on her stomach for example).
And for the record, i could totally see blowing out those wings with add ons...(and maybe even a touch of blue paint:)