Here there be Dragons


#1

Tried a small cutout with border — definitely going to have to work on the contrast and lightening up of the raster artwork. Then I tried my first inlay — walnut veneer into medium hard maple plywood. Of course, I had to work small and with a pretty complex shape (weeding off the backing from the 3M adhesive on the back is a bear), but I think it turned out pretty well. Definitely need to make a second pass on the engraving step to get the veneer flush with the surface.


#2

Oh cool dragon! :grinning:


#3

The tutorial in the Matrix for photos in GIMP does some magic. Although my source photo hit some of the “no no’s” for what you should start with, here are the early results.

Original: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-43b5-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Left is before the tutorial, right is after. I need to get rid of that bit of glow, but otherwise I’m pretty happy.


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#4

Big difference! :grinning:


#5

Well, thanks for the Matrix. Although, when we get to the movie level of “The Matrix,” I don’t think anybody will be thanking you. That’s a couple generations off, though.


#6

That’s pretty much how I looked after putting it together too. :rofl:


#7

That turned out awesome. IMHO the glow looks great (feature, not a bug).


#8

Excellent – thank you.


#9

Beautiful work! I am working in Photoshop and Illustrator – and slowly getting better at creating an image that engraves well: