I am going to start a WIP (Work In Progress. My main medium for my artwork is Pyrography, i.e, burning designs on wood.
My subject is this Sentinal picture that I have imported intpo Inkscape, and creating a page from preferences to the exact same size as the wood, I have graphed it into 1xCentimeter squares with a secondary 10 x CM grid, for easier Drafting by hand from screen image to the wood, which I will also graph in pencil first.
This may be useful also for those that find it difficult to draw, as the grid methos makes drawing a little easier as one can copy an image square by square. This method has been used for many many years by many an amateur and famous artist throughout history, and is a good way to get an image down in proportion, without lots of measuring for positionng etc.
Anything can go wrong at any time when using my hot wire to draw in the image, so WIP's of this nature need patience and time. I hope you will enjoy the process as it develops, and at a few hours a day, it could take some time. I have posted initially the Inkscaped/graphed image. I will post another few photos of the method and progress following this image today if all goes well, and I am using the gallery correctly.
Hope you enjoy this as we wait for NMS to pop, and I hope I can make progress with no misshaps, hehe, hot wire on wood, means take care and DO NOT make mistakes. <img src="//images.proboards.com/v5/smiley/tongue.png" alt="" text="">
If you are interested in how to use Inkscape to set up a grid for working screen to paper/wood, or to printout, I have a link to a tut I made a while ago.
Will post a fresh link tomorrow with a .pdf version as I have taken my site down for now. Any tuts I will convert to .pdf at some point in the next few days.
Added more detail and done another few passes to build up the oil based medium for easier blending. Quite liking the colour changes I made. Needs a few more passes for the medium to be soft enough to blend the shaded areas better, but it's getting there. May spray a universal fixative at this stage, this will give me more key on the paper to add more mediom to try and get that shading blended better. Oil based pencils though softter than regular ones, are still not as soft as wax based, so I am having to work harder to get the finish i want in some areas.
latest update. Not happy with the gadget on his chest, but overall happy with the rest. Had some problems with the shading as the blending can be stubborn with different colours, as they can differ in hardness/creaminess. I won't post up anymore updates now until the whole image is finished, but I hope these stages were of interest to other would be colourists out there.
This is as far as I will go on this peice. I had to use some artistic license colourwise, but it's not so bad. I could work the background even more to get smoother transitions but it would take far too much work and end up being too dark for the forground as a result. As an exercise peice getting to grip with these colour pencils, I am quite happy with the result, and learned a lot doing it. I hope you enjoyed it.
I probably won't do a full step by step development of this one, but will show this head portion, then once done, the whole image.
Still a few weeks till NMS Pop's, and I want to develop pencil colour work further, so I chose a creature from an NMS image and decided to give it a little more detail, try and bring it a little more alive. If I succeed, well, nice, if not, it's good practice.
Been doing a little here and there between my busy life. I have given it neck protection, a Bristly (hard to see detail in this image) protective coat on back and down flanks, with a tough mineral like growth that acts as defence amid some tough leathery skin patches (again as a sort of armoured defence growth).
Just experimenting so I hope you are enjoying my indulgence with this.