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Marquetry Projects #2: Self Portrait

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Blog entry by Mathew Nedeljko posted 1090 days ago 2632 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch



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shipwright

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#1 posted 1090 days ago

That’s absolutely fantastic Mat.
Well done.
I’ve got the self portrait (for the same reason) on the list as well but I got all caught up on a box this summer.

You’ve done just a great job here and while I know exactly how you feel about the chevalet, I also know that it takes an artist to create art with or without one.

Can’t wait to see what comes down the pipe next.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

#2 posted 1090 days ago

Excellent work!
I had a look at Agglolab Photo Vector, and what I found was only free for a 10 day trial. Buying it is definitely not free.
I’m sure interested in raster to vector conversion.
Gimp, by the way, is a powerful utility that IS free and quite powerful. But, it won’t do raster to vector conversion.
Thanks for showing us your impressive self portrait.

ddwwb

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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RussInMichigan

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#3 posted 1090 days ago

This is wonderful. Like shipwright I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re inspired to do next.

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sandhill

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#4 posted 1090 days ago

Very well carried out Mattew, Whats your next project? Cant wait to see it.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1090 days ago

That’s friggin’ you, no doubt about it! Awesome job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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HalDougherty

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#6 posted 1090 days ago

Could you use the ‘magic wand tool’ to select areas with the same lighting, clone them and paste each selection into a different layer that could be used to make your patterns to cut the small wood pieces that make up your artwork?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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stefang

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#7 posted 576 days ago

Amazing likeness! Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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