For my first attempt at doing a marquetry portrait, I figured it might as well be mine! That way nobody but me could be offended at how it turned out. Only five veneers used: maple, birch, cherry, walnut set into mahogany field. Cut using my chevalet, and I must say I continue to be amazed at the precision this tool allows. At this point it is a just taped together from the front with marquetry tape, This picture is taken from the back so is reversed.
Here are all the leftover pieces you get when using the Boulle method.
This is the original picture I worked from. That is my mini schnauzer puppy Cosmo shortly after bringing him home almost 9 months ago. Wow how time flies.
The pattern was created by cutting out my head and neck from the photo using Gimp (an free version of Photoshop), then simplifying the image and converting it to a vector line drawing using Agglolab Photo Vector software (also free). There is quite a bit of a learning curve in using these programs, but for someone like me who can’t draw a straight line without a ruler this software is a definite enabler.
For a first attempt it turned out ok, but obviously a lot of room for improvement. My kids think I am totally weird, but don’t all artists do a self portrait at some point?
Anyway thanks for looking and hope you enjoy. All feedback is welcome.
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