My first attempt at painting and engraving a larger piece. I screwed up when it was finished and used alcohol to clean up some soot. I was on automatic just doing my normal routine and didn’t even think about the paint. Some of it smeared a bit and it’s not as vibrant as it was. Silly me Oh well, it was a test run and I have a few adjustments to make anyway. One of them is to use masking next time and to bring down the dot density in the dark areas. The engraving got to muddy in those areas. The piece does look better in person though.
My steps in case someone wants it…
*Combined a couple images in Corel draw and paint to make single image
*Made single stroke outlines of the main features I was wanted to color (saved as SVG)
*converted image to halftone in Corel photopaint, saved as PNG
*used Basswood (non-PF, but very similar) Surrounded wood w/magnets to act as a jig.
*brought in halftone image and SVG outline in GUI and lined them up
*ignored engrave, set outline to 500/1 and scored wood
*removed wood and used acrylic paint
*put wood back in and engraved with SD graphic setting.
You can see the dark area was to dense and suffered while I was cleaning it. Will mask it next time and adjust the halftone density. Still like Ultraman’s face though :-)