Saturday, July 1, 2017

First Portrait - Patty

For my first attempt at dog portrait making, I used a photo my wife took of our Irish Setter Patty (CH Honeyrock Plaza Lights). Here is her picture when she was young and still attending dog shows in the midwest:

At the time I was not only new to the process of creating patterns for the scroll saw, I was also completely unfamiliar with using graphics software. Developing the pattern took multiple sessions across weeks to produce something that I was comfortable cutting.

 I had no idea how the completed pattern would look though. Everything else that I had cut out using a scroll saw was much smaller and much less detailed. I cut the 8"x10" portrait out of 1/4" Baltic birch plywood and sealed it with a thin coat of clear spray-on polyurethane. After the spray coat dried, I added a black felt backer to the portrait to make the image stand out. I was extremely happy with the end result:


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