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    Susan

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    Irish -It looks really good. Keep up the good work and keep showing us the progress.Ron

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      As you said, everyone does things different. If I am doing a portrait, human or animal, I always do the eyes first. They are the windows of the soul and I feel if not done right I might as well throw it away. I then burn in layers, much as you get dressed...underwear first, then the outerwear. Same concept, burn from bottom up, background to the foreground. This helps make the work look more natural and lifelike.

      Animals are not my speciality but I have two pieces of work in progress on my website that I did of of two dogs. They were commissions and I sent the progress photos to each of the people who ordered them as I was doing them. The loved getting the updates. They show how I did each one step-by-step. If you want to take a peak, they are "Indi" and "Blaze" in the animal section of the pyrography gallery.

      My technique is different also, I use what I call the "smooth shading technique" and I use a spear point shader for just about everything I do, except signing my name. The effect is similar to an old sepia photo. As Susan said, everyone has their own way of doing things and this is the technique I taught myself because I wanted to achieve this "look" but it is not a technique that works well with animals. I still use my spear shader for animals but I use a different technque to do the fur. I lay in the tone, a base color, and then add the fur in strokes using the side of my spear shader.

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      • #4
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        Susan,
        Wow! I can smell the wood burning! Would you mind documenting every carving and burning you do, step by step in this fashion, and starting an encyclopedia set for us!? Put me down for an early set, number 1 or 2 would be wonderful, and please sign it all over the place!
        Bored? Hardly! Hanging on every word and detail!
        Wade

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        • #5
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          Susan - Thanks - this is exactly what I need to tackle that raccoon. May I please have your permission to copy and print your photos and your instructions so I can have them in front of me ?

          I've never seen a "shader" point ... I'll check Colwood's site and see if they have anything similar. That doesn't imply I can USE one !!

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          • #6
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            Susan, I will try to put them here at a later date but we are getting ready to go on vacation and I don't have much time. We're heading down to the casino tonight to firm up some plans for the Pyrography festival, get the layout of the event center so we can plan on booth space, etc.

            Here is a direct link to my website with the Razertip pens. Each of the pens (that I keep in stock) are listed with photos. The pens I use primarily are:

            HD5MP Spear shader - you can see two views of it. This is the pen I use 99% of the time
            F9S - writing tip is the one I use most, it's the most versatile size
            HD14SM - this is the size round-heeled knife that I use and again it is the most versatile size.

            http://http://www.nedraspyrography.c...Order_Page.htm

            Hope this helps
            Nedra

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            • #7
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              EXCELLANT!!! -Irish you did a great job. How many hours of enjoymeny did you put into it. RonBouncing S

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              • #8
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                WOW....that is super Susan! You make it look so easy. Thank you for the lessons, many of us appreciate your fine efforts at teaching us. All we lack are skills! But we do not despair....as with effort, practice and a couple of "thousand years", we too shall achieve your level of craftsmanship!!! Smile

                Bob
                Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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                • #9
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                  I feel like I've been through the experience now though I haven't touched my woodburner; I guess that's what teaching is all about! I can hardly wait to get the time to pick up my Razertip!
                  Wade

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                  • #10
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                    Thumbs Up Susan, wow beautiful work and I do think you made your value scale. When I have some extra time I'm going to make a scale like you show. I know it would be a big, big help for me. Did you accomplish it by cross-hatching?
                    Again beautiful work very bold and sensative work.
                    Kathy

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Irish
                      Here's the value scale and the finished. You can see that I am way below the darkest value that I did on the scale ... about four more values.

                      Susan
                      Smile Hi Susan:
                      When you have some spare time could you discribe how you create your sepia scale? I can't tell if it's cross-hatched? or Shaded. OR Question
                      Cheers Thank you in advance,
                      Kathy

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Irish
                        Kathy, My apologizes! It's crosshatch.

                        Susan
                        Smile Oh Susan please don't apologize I appreicate you showing how you make the sepia value scale so much. One more question may I make a 'study' copy of your two images so I can make one for myself?
                        Kathy

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                        • #13
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                          Hi Susan:
                          Here is my 'sepia value guide' I followed your 'guide' images as best my ability took me. The sepia changes from one value to the other are very slight. I just love the color of the sepia burn on the birch.
                          I didn't work on my lantern today but consentrated on making this wonderful tool. Just wanted to show it to you.
                          Talking Thanks Again Susan,
                          Kathy
                          Hammer PS: Regarding value one I forgot I had my Razortip pen on 6 my first stroke came out to dark. Set the pen at 5 and all went well.

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                          • #14
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                            Talking Hi Susan:
                            Thank you, I worked really hard on this simple but really educational sepia value scale. It's interesting I did think about leaving the first square the natural color of the birch--then start with the next value. In leaving more room I thought it would be interesting just to see how dark I could get. I like the idea you show of doodles to create another type of value scale. Now why didn't I think to check my value scale in grayscale.........Excellent Idea Susan!
                            Thumbs Up I really appreciate your comments and examples...as I'm more visual in my understanding these examples mean a lot to me.
                            Thank you so much,
                            Kathy

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                            • #15
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                              Hi Susan: Thank you Ice Cream

                              After I finish adding a few more squares to get to that black value I'll do exactly what you recommend. While working on my latest woodburn (lantern) I did scan and print both a color and grayscale of my subject. I have also scanned some progress images for comparison. But actually having a real time sepia scale is a terrific tool. Idea I would recommend anyone who hasn't made this tool and of course has the interest make one.

                              Will share soon,
                              Kathy

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