I despise politics with all the bickering and allegations. When I think of all the money that is spent (money that could be used to feed hungry and homeless children) to make commercials to rip the other guy, it makes me sick. Millions and millions of dollars just thrown away. Okay, off my soapbox... This piece of Bill Clinton adding his face to Mt. Rushmore was accomplished by cutting out layers of various mat boards. I broke a ton of x-acto knives on this one!
I know it's a little early for Father's Day, but it seemed like the perfect name for this piece. This is digital marquetry, accomplished by scanning wood veneers and putting it together in Photoshop. My other digital marquetry projects were based on photos. This one was an old drawing that was originally supposed to be used for my paper art, but I never finished it.
Known in the hobby as a "Leuc", Dendrobates Leucomelas, or the Yellow-banded Poison Frog is a very healthy frog and easy to keep as long as you keep those fruit flies going. Some people call these frogs Bumblebee Poison Frogs, a name that's a bit more colorful. This one is definitely more colorful sitting in a black and white background.
I did this sketch over a year ago with the intention of making a paper sculpture. But polymer clay projects took over and this drawing was shelved. Looking through some of my unused art, I thought this would make a good digital marquetry piece. This work in progress will be finished sometime next week.
In my quest to make more and better digital marquetry pieces, I got some rare wood samples. A friend of mine, Dave, let me borrow two boxes of wood samples he won at an auction several years ago. Pictured here is one of the box lids and one of the samples. I am in the process of scanning all the wood veneers into my computer. They look old and antique to me. These wood samples are beautiful and some may be illegal to obtain anymore.
I braved the winter weather to capture these two shots. The snow was done, but it was raining cats and dogs. Cold cats and dogs! After juggling my camera, tripod and an old umbrella, this was the best I could manage.
This one is something a little different for me. I saw a commercial for "Buns of Steel" and the idea popped into my head to do a faux wood version made of polymer clay. It is 4" long and can be used as a pendant or a wall decoration in or out of a shadow box.