I’ve been playing with a new technique that I accidentally stumbled on while playing with Adobe Photoshop a couple weeks ago. I was actually working on some graphics for my “real” job one afternoon and needed to reproduce somewhat of a “halftone” pattern. After a while, my mind started to wander and I started thinking about how I could use this very distinct graphic style in some of my other projects. It wasn’t long before I was toying around with the idea of carving photos using this technique with CNC. A lot of the editing is done in Photoshop and then imported into my CNC software. Take a look at my first couple attempts at using this new technique. I’m still trying to perfect the technique, as the same settings in Photoshop are NOT used for each image.The average cutting time for a 14″x14″ graphic is approximately 4-5 hours of cutting time.The images are best viewed from a distance.
This is a collection of some of my favorite caricatures and portraits that I’ve done over the years. Before you view the gallery below, I’ll give you a little background on the origin of these drawings. When I was in college, I worked as a bartender. When someone had a birthday, anniversary, or other special event, I was usually nominated to create a unique caricature-style drawing of the individual. Each drawing would highlight specific features about the person or humorous points of their life. Sometimes the humor came from things that they said, things that they did, or things that were obvious to others and not to them. It was always a lot of fun and when I was finished, everyone would sign the poster/card and we would present it to the person.