January 29, 2021|Pyrography(wood burned)
This was a commissioned work of the dog Ditka. With such a good looking subject you really want to catch the true beauty so the owner will see his dog right away when he sees the finished art work.
First I did a drawing of Ditka, from the two photos, on to the wood.
Outline subject & start to fill in with wood burner. I don't feel there is any one way to go about any project. I normally start with the most important feature, which usually is the eyes. You get those wrong and it's very hard to correct the project.
Continued to fill in the face features and start to show the hairs directions.This is being done with a small tip on the iron.
As I continue to fill in the face I will use a wider tip to shade areas. I turn the temperature up & down to control the darkness; you can also use pressure but be careful not to burn holes.
Continuing to fill & shade. Note:My heat unit has two irons so I don't need to keep changing tips. At this point I had 3 full days into this project.
This is the final image. I spent over a day on this part alone just looking and shading. The only thing left is to sign the art work & varnish the piece to protect the wood and the image from dirt and sunlight.