My five year old

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Project by SilverFoxArt posted 2314 days ago 1444 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a portrait of one of my sons, the original photo and the sketch I used as a patern for the burn.
It is an 8×10 on birch ply.

I added pictures that I hope help answer any questions. I print out a picture and usually draw over the picture the areas I want to use for shading the burn… it helps if you adjust the contrast to accentuate the shading. I used a sketch for my pattern, but most of the time I use the picture itself and trace the outline right onto the wood. I still have to reference the picture as I burn.

I use a Detail Master burner and the only tip I use is the small round skew. I draw all the darkest parts first, using the skew like a knife for all the lines… the tip for small detail… and the side for shading. I shade from dark to light using speed (not temperature) to vary the tones. I added a practice piece of an eye to better show the teqnuigue.

-- Mel, Utah,

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#1 posted 2314 days ago

Hi Mel

Outstanding wood burning! Looked at some of your other pieces and they are beautiful. Thank you for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 2314 days ago

Hi Mel,

Very nicely done. This is project that will continue to improve with age and is something that can be passed on to future generations. You preserved a piece of his individual and your family’s personal history that is more valuable than a simple photograph. Your son will know its true worth when he is older and can share it with his children.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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pat sherman

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#3 posted 2314 days ago

mel. nice job. like the way you did the shirt and the hair. and the eyes captured him very well.
cute young man

-- pat,ohio...

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#4 posted 2314 days ago

Outstanding !!

I did not think it was possible to get this level of quality. may I ask what you used?

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#5 posted 2314 days ago

That’s mighty fine workmanship.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#6 posted 2314 days ago

Extraordinary piece of work. Please show how it is done in detail

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 2314 days ago

Great work, Wood Burning projects are on my “To Do” list. I need to purchase a good Wood Burner..any suggestions?

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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#8 posted 2314 days ago

That is an incredible likeness. You do very nice work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2312 days ago

Masterful work. Truely. Handsome kid.

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#10 posted 2304 days ago


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#11 posted 2303 days ago

That is real fine. Nice work.

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#12 posted 2287 days ago

best woodburning I have ever seen

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 1894 days ago

A true artist!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 1880 days ago

great job there Mel

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