My five year old

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Project by SilverFoxArt posted 03-09-2008 08:56 AM 2013 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 03-09-2008 10:42 AM

Hi Mel

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


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#2 posted 03-09-2008 02:25 PM

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.

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 03:27 PM

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 03-09-2008 04:23 PM

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 03-09-2008 05:00 PM

That’s mighty fine workmanship.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 03-09-2008 07:47 PM

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 03-09-2008 11:00 PM

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 03-10-2008 07:55 AM

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 03-11-2008 05:22 PM

Masterful work. Truely. Handsome kid.

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 12:03 AM


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#11 posted 03-20-2008 12:41 PM

That is real fine. Nice work.

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#12 posted 04-05-2008 03:47 PM

best woodburning I have ever seen

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 05-03-2009 11:57 AM

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 05-18-2009 04:02 AM

great job there Mel

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#15 posted 05-16-2014 06:15 PM


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