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Bird Cage Prototype

Bird cage

Not sure what to call this but bird cage is about right.  My wife has started looking for Christmas gift ideas this year and stumbled across something similar to this.  It looked like fun to try making so I hit the garage after dinner and started cutting a little hunk of poplar.  It was interesting, maybe fun, but I definitely learned a few things.  Maybe after some fine tuning of the scroll saw, i might crank out some Christmas themed ones this year.

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Skull Stencil

skull stencil

I was asked to help with a woodworking project and build a stencil for a large (18″ tall) skull that would be painted and then areas be cut away.  I redrew the design to clean it up and make it symmetrical, but the overall size exceeded what I can cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  So I broke it into two large decals, with registration marks in the eye (will be cut out anyway) and then made another smaller decal to cover the seam so no paint would sneak through.  Hopefully it will come out well, this is one project where someone else gets to do all the woodworking.

Drawn in MyPaint on my Intuos 4, traced into vector graphic in Inkscape.

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Storybook Characters

Story Characters

I was asked to help illustrate a story book as a gift for someone leaving an organization, and this is one of the model sheets I made up for the different support characters.  Overall, I think the book did a good job humorously capturing the many feats of this beloved colleague.

I did the initial sketches on paper and in Krita, but the finished art was done all in Inkscape.  I built the characters as interchangeable parts for consistency across the pages and to speed things up.  I ended up having to recreate so many different hands and arm/leg positions that I don’t know if it really made anything faster, but they definitely looked the same throughout.

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Staining Die Numbers

Staining Die Numbers

I got a custom request through etsy to make an icosahedron and stain the numbers on it for a young couple.  That whole process was quite a bit of work, but I think it came out nicely.  Haven’t heard back from them yet, but I really hope they like it.

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Wayfaring Sign

Wayfaring Sign

I was asked to make a two sided wayfaring sign for a friend’s work which was a new challenge for me.  I decided to do the graphics on foam board, and sandwich it between two pieces of plexiglass in a custom frame.  I also drew the crazy looking duck for them.

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Custom Sized Frame

Picture Letter Frame

A family friend had one of those picture letter things made for their family but could never find a frame it would fit in.  So I just made her one.

Frame routing

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Justin Timberlake Poster

Justin timberlake

Justin timberlake

One of our good friends with an unhealthy obsession for Justin Timberlake, bacon, Pennsylvania, and beer asked me to draw up a poster for her.  This was the linework I came up with, and then added many more elements around it.  Her mug was in the photo frame.

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Making a Beer Light

Beer Light

Beer Light

I got to build a “Beer Light” for a local organization, so the boss could signal the end of the day and a time to have some camaraderie.  It has two different designs, alternating every other side.  The light inside is a CFL, so it shouldn’t get too hot, and I left a 1/8″ gap at the top to let out heat.

beer light plans

beer light plans

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Super G

Super G

Super G

This was a request for a going away caricature of “Super G.”  I did a couple different poses of this great hero.

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Toothless Door Decal

toothless doodle

toothless doodle

This a an idea I’m working on for a friend of my wife’s.  Her little daughter is a big fan of How to Train Your Dragon and quite the firecracker.  She wanted a decal to go on her bedroom door.

Here’s what I eventually rendered in mypaint and inkscape.  Will be cutting out in vinyl.

toothless vector

toothless vector

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