Calvin & Hobbes Snowmen

With the holiday seasons coming up sooner than anyone really wants I have started making a new gift idea that I have had in my head for some time. From the cartoon strip “Calving and Hobbes” I have always enjoyed the snowmen from the strip. With that in mind I engraved four of my favorites on to a large 13" X 4.25" ceramic tile. In order to display this large piece I created a simple knock down frame out of draft board to support it and show it off. The only real work in creating this piece was recreating the artwork on my computer. Not a hard task but it did take me some time to get it right. Let me know what you think of my latest project.

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That’s so cool! Great use of line work on a white tile - no colouring needed :slight_smile:

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Love it!!

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It never ceases to amaze me how great ceramic tile comes out in the laser. Nice!

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Cool. Bill Watterson should be proud.

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This is so cool! Love the Calvin and Hobbs comics.

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Fantastic!
I have done both bitmap tracing and creating paths from lines but haven’t loved the process. If you’re willing to share, could you say more about how you traced the artwork so that it would engrave the line? Did you use a marker to darken the lines?

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Hello Stu,
When I create laser engraved artwork for my Glowforge I either create the artwork from scratch depending on what I want/need or I pull in images that I find online to copy. When I use the online images I put them into Coreldraw software. (You can use any good drawing software for this process but that is what I have been using for years. ) From there I draw over the image to create the line artwork such as the snowmen posted here. This is time consuming for sure but it gives me the best results I have found rather than trying to use the software to create bitmap images. This is purely by preference when doing this type of work. With doing the drawings in this way I can modify any image to suit my needs or taste. A plus some times for sure. Once I have the line drawing completed I delete the original images that I put into Coreldraw when I started. Then i simply export the drawing as a PNG file and it’s ready to engrave.

I do use a Sharpie to darken the lines. I just finished a project where I needed to make fourteen displays that were all the same. I was able to refine my technique in cleaning up the tiles that I had made. I marked the tiles using a good sized Sharpie and then wiped them off with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol. I found out that it is best to just have the paper towel being damp and not wet with rubbing alcohol. This reduces the chance of removing portions of the marked lines and having to go over them again and again. I started out taking about 20 minutes to do one tile (with a wet paper towel) and ended up only taking 10 minutes (with a damp paper towel) to clean up a tile. So only use a damp paper towel. It will save you a lot of work in the long run.

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