Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
1/20 – Hi. Well it’s been a couple of weeks since I updated this page. I’m not very good at managing my time and I tend to work on just one type of thing at a time. Lately that was video editing and blog writing. I got the video tutorial for Lizard Face done, and it will go public Jan 28. I’ve started working on the second portrait tutorial which will be released as both the written and video format. Also, I wrote up a written tutorial on the Cheetah artwork and that will come out this Friday, Jan 24th. Today I got back into burning and worked on several projects, so those are updated below.
Chipmunk – 1/20
There is a pattern available for this artwork on my Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/749249415/chipmunk-pyrography-pattern-wood-burning
Yawning Jaguar – 1/20
This is the 4th installment in my big cat series. All of the big cats for this series are burned onto cradle boards. Cradle boards are artist grade plywood that has a wood frame from stability, and it makes it look a bit more finished. I had written a blog testing out different cradle board and now I’m doing the final round of testing by filling each board with a different big cat.
Mt. Shuksan – 1/20
For some reason I just can’t seem to make myself sit down and get this finished up. Instead I work on it for 30-40 minutes and put it aside. I only have a few more mountains ridges to burn in, so most likely they will get finished up during my next burn session on this one.
The sun drawing in the corner is my indicate of where the light is coming from. This helps remind me where the shadows need to be.
Young Businessman – 1/20
I also worked a bit on the 6th installment of the portrait series. This particular paper I’m burning on is my favorite so far. It has a really nice smooth surface and handles being erased and burned over much better than the other papers I’ve tried. I still have several other brands of paper to try, but I do really like this one.
You may have noticed that the portraits don’t include the hair. The series is about the facial features, not the hair. Hair can look so different depending on the length, style, color, thickness, etc., so I just didn’t want to get into that realm at this time. Maybe at some point down the road I will work on a hair series.
The paper I’m burning the Young Businessman on is 140lb, hot pressed, 100% cotton paper by Winsor & Newton. Here’s a link to the paper on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7UAFQ7/ref=twister_B079SZZ3N5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Geranium – 1/5
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.
HA Snowlady – 1/3
I had a Christmas Postcard drawing contest back in October of 2019. The Snowlady is one of the entries I received but didn’t choose as the winner. I really did like the design, so I’ve decided to create a postcard featuring it. I had bought some decorative die-cut or maybe laser cut plywood a while back at the craft store. I thought the snowlade would look great one of the boards. I did torch the border to made it nice and dark.
Bighorn Sheep – 12/22
Here’s a link to the pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/696981937/bighorn-sheep-pyrography-pattern-wood
Kestrel – 12/12
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
Abstract Swirls – 11/22
I’m starting to block in the many assorted shadows on this artwork. It’s one of those images that is very appealing to me because of all of the small detail and how 3D it looks, but replicating it is challenging.
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.