Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Learning to carve from a Photo
I've been honing my skills at starting with a photograph and ending up with a carving like you see here in these two photos. Were currently working on a proposal for an heirloom quality desk that a cabinet shop is putting a bid. You might have guessed it has a religious theme. I think i really like the way the clouds are showing up.
I also just recently had a client ask us to put this grape cluster on some cabinet doors. When we went tot he appointment she had never see our work before. (she was referred to us from the cabinet shop) When she saw the door we brought (we borrowed one of those daisy doors from earlier) she decided she really liked it. So she said that now that she has seen it she wants us to do some "turn-of-the-century" carvings on the new vanity that is going in also. I don't know what these "Carvings" are gonna look like, but i am sure glad for the added business.
Here is another example. This one might make more sense if i explain whats going on. One of the ways that i can control my machine is by having it interpret the blacks and whites as depth of cutting on the machine. Here are two images I took a clip art i found and put a bad blur on it. The blur helps put a gradient of greys where it was just stark white beside jet black. I tell my machine to treat the black and the deepest cut and the white as the highest cut. So as it comes across grey, its a somewhere in the middle cut, and the clip art ends up rounded. Works pretty well on just about anything. You might take another look at the first two pictures and you will see why the colors are REALLY off in the photo. (Thank you Paint.NET)