Desire to create the quintessential fantasy dwarf of our imaginings complete with adventurer’s gear, rich character, and back story. With the successful completion of this highly detailed woodcarving Randall recognized one simple but important truth: "If it’s on paper it can be created in wood". With the door now open, Randall proceeded to delve into greater and greater challenges like water, clouds, facial expressions, and pyrography for shadowing and more depth. Hence forth, everything that inspired him was available to him to carve.
Randall's inspiration for this work was to create an epic story from a well known concept. Staying with the traditional views of the biblical story, Randy depicted the four horsemen on their dread stallions with the burning and broken mankind all around them.
"Different than all others" was what continually went through Randall's mind while developing this piece. Many of the sculptures, drawings, and 3d art produced today, though great in appearance, seemed to rehash or recreate works previously done. This work was thought over for years before taking chisel to wood. The main theme is studies produce results, and there can never be enough gathered knowledge from which to draw on.
This piece tells a story of the master traveling through underground tunnels, corridors, and passages in search of raw materials; with a possibility of also looking for treasure of some nature. He appears to have the accoutrements of one that is in the endeavor for the long haul. This adds to the ambiance that he is knowledgeable of his needs, location, purpose, and mastery.
Randall's inspiration for this derivative piece, from Matthew Stewart drawing, was the accumulation of memories from novels read through my years. This character exemplifies "Relief" at finding a tavern, and "being off the road" where he can await his companions.
Madcarver tells us that he carved this because all humans want to learn a musical instruments but don’t have the time, energy and /or skill to do so, and that they wish they could. Randall is partial to the flute and harmonica and in another life would have perused it/them.