Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
6/29 – Greetings my fellow pyro. I must say that it seems odd that the month of June is almost over. To me it seems like it should still be May. I’ve been splitting my time between working on some projects and doing video editing. I’ve updated the below sections on the projects I’ve worked on since last updating this page.
FYI – I’m not online everyday. All of my blogs, youtube videos, and youtube community posts are set up on a scheduler, so they go public automatically. This frees me up, and I don’t have to be online daily. It’s the days I stay off of the internet that I get the most done, and I try to have several of them a week. If you leave comment, have a question, etc., just be patient as I will get to it next time I’m online.
Koala – 6/29
I recently watched a youtube video about composition and how to use light to move the viewer’s eye around the artwork. Have you ever had that moment where someone explained a concept just right and things snapped into place? That’s how it was for me with this video. Especially the part about using light. The video was created by Ryn Shell, my Australian friend and professional artist, and here’s a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9A5c9jaGDE&t=300s
The tutorial part starts approximately at the 4:55 mark. After watching the video I knew I had to make some changes to the background of the Koala. I still need to do so more work on the background, but it’s better.
Ford Buick – 6/29
All of the trace lines have been burned over and the pencil marks erased. Now it’s a matter of filling in areas and adjusting the tonal values of existing areas. I’m real close to the 20 hour mark on this project and I would say that I’ve got another 10 or so hours to go. Plus I’ve discovered a stupid mistake with the grill that I will have to fix. Unfortunately I don’t think I can fix it via scraping and re-burning. Instead I think I will have to use colored pencils to fix the problem, but that will happen after all of the burning is done.
Bighorn Sheep – 6/25
I have gotten a layer of fur over the entire Bighorn Sheep. Plus I’ve added a couple of layers to the front half of the sheep. The front half might still need to be darkened up a bit more, but I’ll decide that after the rest has more layers of fur.
Horse – 6/25
I’m done with the horse. I signed off on it today and gave it to Todd to be sealed with a wood finish. I’ll leave this image in place for a bit longer for those who are interested in comparing it to the reference photo. Also I put a link to the pattern in the section about the reference photo.
There is the reference photo that I’m using for the horse. As you can see I ignored the white patch on the forehead as I didn’t like how it looked. Keep in mind that if I had been doing this artwork as a commission or gift to the horse owner I would have left the white patch in place. Since it wasn’t I made things easier for myself.
As promised here’s the pattern I created for the horse: Horse pattern A word about the pattern. Apparently I scanned it in “color” format, so you can see the lines I eventually decided weren’t necessary. Those lines are white because I was using a white ink pen to color over the black ink pen I use to create my patterns with.
Hair – 6/20
Pansy Mousepad – 6/15
I am mostly finished with my Pansy mouse pad. Last night I finished the pyrography portion. Today I stained the leather below the pyrography portion. I had burned darkly under the design to help set it off, but after I was done with the dye you can’t tell. Lesson learned, don’t apply dyes over burns. The photo shows the mousepad after I just finished dying it, so it’s still wet and darker looking than the final results will be. This is the second round of dye and during this round I tried to get a ombre effect. So black is at the top and Canyon Tan on the bottom. It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I’m having fun experimenting and that is the most important part. I’ll let this sit for the rest of the day, and tomorrow I’ll apply finish to it and be done.
Soaring Eagle – 5/28
Obviously it’s not very far along. Todd got a fairly decent shot of an eagle in flight, I think we were at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon or California. The bird was a in the distance, so when I zoomed in it is a bit out of focus. Fortunately there was still enough detail that I could use it to create pyrography art from it.
I’ve got the reference photo taped to the upper right corner of the board. That keeps it rather handy.
Iguana – 5/11
Today I worked a little on the iguana. I haven’t worked on this project for several months. Normally I have one or two large projects going along with a number of smaller projects. For some reason I have a lot of large projects going right now, so even if I spend a couple of hours on one of them it doesn’t show much.
Abstract Distraction – 2/19
I dug this old project off of the shelf and started working on it again. Right now I’m concentrating on the shadows.
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.