my hardest yet, Portrait

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Project by Jim Earl posted 07-12-2007 06:35 PM 2491 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As told to you all before I received a job of burning a portrait of three girls from a picture a gentleman gave to me out of his wallet, the origanal picture is a 2” X 3”. I will show all of you the photo first and then the burn. Please tell me that it is somewhat of a likeness. Let me know if I can give it to the gentleman this weekend. Thank you

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 07-12-2007 06:45 PM

you are definitely trying to challenge yourself, aren’t you? !!!

the centre girl is especially well done.. it seems that you have done more shading in her face than the others.
with the first one, maybe a little more shading in the cheek area and around her nose? I’m not sure..

for the girl on the right.. her eyes seem rounder than what you have them.. maybe more shading in the eyelid ??

Overall.. holy cow… well done. I tried doing a pix of my granddaughter .. and it’s really hard to do a picture portrait.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-12-2007 07:36 PM

I used to draw, Earl and portraits are one of the hardest things to do, I think you did a great job. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 07-12-2007 08:01 PM

Great Job Jim.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-12-2007 08:06 PM

I have to laugh, Jim. Only because you have an ability to take on the hardest project for that art form. Really nice, brother.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 07-12-2007 10:30 PM

Jim you’ve done a great job of capturing the three girls in the photo, which I must say isn’t the best in the world to work from. You continue to amaze me in the fact that there is no limit to what you can do.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-12-2007 11:24 PM

Well done, Jim. Keep at it. The improvements in your craft are evident with every picture you do. I have to agree – this one is a real challenge – I would be pleased with the result.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 07-12-2007 11:25 PM

yah.. sure puts the one that I did to shame. Mine never came out of the work shop..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 07-13-2007 01:56 AM

You nailed it!

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#9 posted 07-13-2007 02:05 AM

Well done Jim. Keep growing your skills.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 07-13-2007 04:07 AM

Great job! My wood burning ends up in the fire pit. One day, maybe.

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#11 posted 07-13-2007 06:26 AM

Drawing was a past time of mine and while I was on a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia I did a portrait of my children. Other soldiers seeing what I was working on were impressed and I was asked to do others for people. As artists we are our own worst critics and when we look at our own finished products all we see are the mistakes and where we could improve. You need to get a friend’s advise and at the same time someone that will give a brutally honest response when asked for it. If your client’s face brightens up when they see it that is all the gratification you need. The larger the piece the easier it is to get those details you want to achieve the look you are trying for. Is it just me or do you find it feels a little awkward doing a portrait of a person that you have never met? It was for me the first time.

You are doing pretty damn good at something that I would not even attempt, and the more experienced you get the better they will turn out. I look forward to seeing what you do in the future and how you progress. Did you draw it out on the wood first or just go right at it? Either way very well done.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 01-31-2008 11:16 PM

great job! I recently started drawing charcoal drawings myself. I am doing fairly well with it. Several weeks ago a friend asked me if I would woodburn a photo of her grandmother,....I considered it until she came and said she wanted her grandfather on it too. Not to be harsh but these two elderly people had many wrinkles, was a chore just to charcoal draw them,.....which I did,....but there is no way possible she could have afforded for me to woodburn the portrait. And there is no way I could have done it for free.

I have been wanting to woodburn a portrait,....Just don’t know of whom yet :)
Excellent work you do,....I just can only hope that one day I will be as good as you.
Got a question how much does a heat control system cost? As I need to invest in one I am working with a cheap $15 woodburned and there is no way to control the heat. Any help is appreciated :)

-- Dana,Texas

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