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=":P" text=":P">
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.
Made a bit of progress. It is quite hard to see detail properly in the photo, even zoomed in, but I am slowly extrapolating the image out of the darkness enough to slowly get some detail in pencil first. Today I lined in my progress so far using my Wire tip burner.
To keep on top of this difficult image, I have started to block in the legs, to try and get some shape into the gimbols on the hips and such, as they are hard to pick out in real clarity, so going for a best fit using my shading burner on a fairly high heat to block in the main areas, to at least get a semblance of whatever detail is in there. Couple hours work maybe a little more to get this and the above lining in today. Will do more tomorrow.
Two more hours has allowed me to pick out some detail, enough That I can begin to shade it tomorrow all being well. Got to give those guys credit at NMS, this thing is relatively complex, and being a dark picture hard to pick ot detail, when a grid is applied. Had two copies up, one gridded one not and switched between the two and my gridded wood. Hehe, not easy, but great fun.
Latest update. I have began to add some undershading to help me define different areas for further shading tomorrow.
The Sentinal is beginning to take better shape and definition now at last. Was a hard slog getting sufficient detail using this medium of Pyrography (heat on wood or Graphing with Fire).
I was doing a fair some 7-8 years ago and a young lad came to my stall and said, 'Oh! it's like tatooing wood!", and you know, he was not too far wrong. We have to use tones (discounting colour tatooing) much as the pencil or charcoal artsis has to do, in order to define shape, texture, tonal values etc. I used to until around three months ago or so, burn for anything from 6-12 hours a day, but lately my concentration levels dropped some, and I had a creative block. Happens to us all from time to time, so this project is a good kickstarter to get back into more regular burning again, as i wait for NMS to pop. So, I am only doing a couple hours a day on this project. I could have done the Sentinal complete in around two days, even with the difficulty of trying to define the details from the Image I am using, but this way doing it in short stages, I am getting my concentration levels back up, and I also have time for other NMS related activities, that is helping feed my interest and excitement of the game, but also helps passing the time and trying to stay fairly balanced in my expectations of NMS.
It's all good, so far.
I hope you are enjoying this as much as I enjoy being creative, and I hope in some small way it helps feed your own creativity, or just entartains you for a moment or so.
Will work on it some more tomorrow, and hoopefully now that it s more defined, I can make much greater progress during subsequent sessions to come.