Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
11/17 – Hi. I hope you’ve been busy creating pyrography artwork. I’ve been spending more time on video editing than burning. Our next YouTube tutorial will go live this Tuesday and I’m currently working on a Friday informational video that covers how I transfer patterns and pictures to wood. David’s Winter scene is coming along nicely all things being considered. David’s drawing is basically a mountain scene and scenery work is not my strong suit. The drawing is down below, but I’m not showing any pictures of the artwork as I want it to be a surprise. I’ve updated my projects below and I’m sharing with you my newest idea for an upcoming project and series.
Mt. Shuksan – 11/17
As I said, working on David’s Winter Scene has been frustrating in a way as it is a scenery drawing and doing scenery is not my strong suit. So I decided that in 2020 I need to challenge myself to get better with scenery. To do this I’m going to create scenery artwork. No animals; just scenery.
My first one in the series will be Mt. Shuksan. This is the photo I’m using which I altered the contrast a lot so I could see the details of the mountain better. Mt. Shuksan is located in northern Washington fairly close to the Canadian border. Mt. Baker is more known and from where I was at to take this picture, all I had to do was turn around and I could see Mt. Baker.
Kestrel – 11/7
The face or head of the kestrel is done and now I’m starting on the back or wing feathers. In many aspects this artwork reminds me of the Northern Flicker as both have similar markings on the wing feathers.
The pattern for this bird is for sale on my Etsy page. Here’s a link to the pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/742330405/perched-kestrel-hawk-pyrography-pattern
Mexican Grey Wolf – 11/17
I got the background done one the wolf, but looking at this photo I think I need to darken up the top portion a bit more. I’ve been slowly reburning over the fur to darken and add texture. Plus I deviated from the reference photo by making the white fur on his neck darker than it really is. I did this to help the muzzle stand out more.
This is another piece of artwork that I have the pattern for sale on my Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/694719693/mexican-grey-wolf-face-pyrography
Skull Mask – 11/17
I’ve gotten the hat burned in with a base layer of color. It needs a touch more work and shadows added from the webbing and decorative scrolls. One of the things that really appealed to me about the image was how ornate the hat and mask were. On the flip side, one of the most challenging aspects of this project has been avoiding all of those items making the hat and mask ornate.
This is my reference photo for the Skull Mask. I got from Pixabay and I’m planning on eventually burn the image onto a piece of leather. What I’m burning on wood is a test burn to work out some of the technical issues before I start on the leather which is not as forgiving as wood.
Here’s a link to the photo : https://pixabay.com/photos/venice-carnevale-costume-carnival-2092594/
Davids Winter Scene
This is the winning drawing from my 2019 Draw It / Win It contest. I have started burning in the design, but I want to save the final artwork as a surprise. If you would like to try your own version of the work, please do so. I traced the image directly from this photo that David Denton sent.
Abstract Swirls – 10/27
This project which I’m currently calling Abstract Swirls, is an exercise in using light and dark to make an object(s) look 3D. There is a lot of detail or small design work on this project, and I really enjoy that sort of thing.
This project is based on a photo I took of a sculpture I saw in a museum. The sculpture reminds me of octopus tentacle and I’ve toyed around with the idea of calling this abstract tentacles. Yes, I can create art, but I’m not good at naming my art. If you have any ideas for a name, leave a comment and let me know. If I use your suggestion I’ll give you credit in the blog when I write it up.
Geranium – 10/18
This is my second burning of the Geranium. The first one I burned on paper as a demonstration to help illustrate my talking points in the blog When Is Art Done. I really did like the composition of the flowers and leaves, so I decided to add this to my Wallflowers series.
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.