Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
10/12 – Greetings. I’m not sure where the time goes, but it sure does fly by. Today my latest tutorial is available in both video and written form. I’ve been busy trying to take care of the growing number of demo requests. Some of the requests are a lot more involved than others. Also I’m working on getting some Christmas themed tutorial done up. I goal is to have a couple of them ready by November. The only artwork I’ve been actively working on is the lion. I did update that segment with the latest progress photo.
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.
3 PYROGRAPHY CHALLENGES – October 31 deadline
Back in September I issued 3 pyrography challenges. If you did one or more of them and would like your artwork to appear on my YouTube channel, then send me a picture.
Send a separate photo for each piece of artwork to: PyrographyContest@gmail.com
Include how you want your name to appear
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
Below are links to the challenges
Challenge 1 – Black rabbit
Challenge 2 – Mourning dove
Challenge 3 – Jaguar
Lion – 10/12
I had been struggling with the lion’s mane, but the past couple of days I’ve been experimenting and I think I got a technique that will work. It’s not perfect, but it added a lot of much needed texture to the mane. I’m happier with how it looks, but it’s not perfect. I’ve also been working on darkening up the background which is helping the facial features stand out more.
6/21 – I mentioned before that I’m burning on a piece of cradleboard. This is part of my final round of testing, and this is board #4. I have to say that I don’t like it. The board has such terrible texture that I found it very difficult to use the razor edge of the shader to burn zigzags. Plus it has some very predominate grain lines that are interfering with my details. Not thrilled with this board.
Koala – 10/6
I’ve finally found a technique that seems to be working to replicate the unique fur texture on the Koala. I’ve gotten most of the face re-burned over using the technique. I’ve also been working on darkening up the right ear.
Bison – 9/30
The bison is a newer project I started during my digital break. The thick matted fur on the face is a bit of a challenge. I’m experimenting with it and time will tell if it works out. What I’m doing is using a writer pen tip and burning really small circles. Then I plan to re-burn over it with a shader using uniform strokes and some circular motion.
Tiger – 9/30
This tiger is another project I started during my time away from the website and YouTube. I got the image from Pixabay and I’m burning it onto a piece of cradleboard. The lion section discusses the cradleboards in greater detail, so I’m not going to bother here.
What’s unusual for me with this artwork is that I still haven’t burned in the eyes. Normally that is the first thing I tackle. Instead I took care of the dark markings and now I’m working on the orange colored fur. I would have to say that I’m rather pleased with how this is looking thus far.
Northern Bobwhite – 9/30
I’m done with the feathers on the northern bobwhite. I had expected to have this finished already, but both Todd and I though something was looking a bit off with the bird. Because of that I put the bird on hold while I try and figure what is wrong.
Jaguar – 9/30
I’ve gotten a bit more work done on the Jaguar. I’m concentrating on the orange colored fur. The jaguar has white whiskers, but I burned them to a black color. After I’m done with the face, I’ll use the tip of a sharp knife to scrape away the burn marks to make the whiskers white.
When I mentioned it in one of my community posts on YouTube, it was very poorly received. That’s okay. I totally understand that we all have different interests. Now I consider this as a just for fun project that lets me experiment with creating depth and the illusion of 3d.
Pika II – 5/24
HOUSE NUMBERS – 7/13
I was contacted by Redfin to provide a creative idea for house numbers.
Their blog is available for reading here or click on the image below: Display House Numbers
No, the image to the left is not something I created, but my idea could produce something similar to it.
Todd’s Etsy Store
Todd opened his Etsy store to sell his chainmail jewelry he creates. He does custom work if you’re interested, but please contact him through the store. Here’s a link to his store: Todd’s Etsy Store
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.