Where do we get the inspiration for what we do is a question I’m often asked when I do demos or teach a class. The answer I almost always give is we look around us at what we and the people we love talk about, collect, read, etc.. A case in point is this project. I have a step mother who is an absolute Elvis nut and has a huge collection of Elvis everything. BUT, she didn’t have a Pyro Elvis, yet! After doing a bit of searching online I found a whole whack of great Elvis images and photos and picked one I felt was just great for a woodburning.
While I was doing the Elvis wood burning, I took a set of pictures of the steps and methods I use to create a wood burning. This was a fun project and while it may look daunting to the beginner, if you follow the steps below, you will see that it is not really that hard after all. This was done on a bass wood slab.
The first step is to get the image onto the piece of wood. You can of course free hand the drawing if you are a great artist. If you are not a talented artist you can create a drawing by tracing the major elements of a photo. That is what I did with this particular picture. You don’t need to include every detail in the photo as the shading is what will make the wood burning end up like the photo. After you have your pattern or tracing, transfer the image to the wood. I use graphite paper to trace my patterns onto the wood. It is erasable and if you make a mistake, no problem fixing it. DO NOT USE CARBON PAPER! It is very hard to remove a line if you use carbon paper. You will have to sand it off.
Once the drawing or pattern is on the wood, you can start by going over the lines with your wood burner. In this shot you can see that most of the lines in the face, border and the name are done. I’ve also started to do some of the shading around the one eye, the mouth and the hair. The name has been completely shaded.
Next post will have progress shots 3 and 4
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