I am trying to make a small laser engraver work together with my cnc router. The router to cut away the material and the laser to add makeup. My attempt to use a marker pen failed because of the properties of wood.
For now I am quite happy. I would like some more gradient, but every wood is different so I have to do more testing. The small scale is adding a layer of difficulty. The face is less than 30mm in height.
Next I will try to make a car and use the laser to accentuate the edges.
A few years ago I read the book; Sargent’s Daughters by Erica E. Hirshler. A biography of a painting. This was the start of my interest in art history. I am sorry but I had never heard of John Singer Sargent before this book. In Holland they teach you everything about Dutch painters, some other european painters, but thats about it. Every country has its own Rembrandt and in my opinion Sargent is the Rembrandt of the USA.
I wanted to make a wooden sculpture of him after my Sorolla buste. My son asked me to make one of Rembrandt next. I might. I also want to make a sculpture of Modigliani in the future. But there are less photos of him available.
Less creative because it was a scan, not a sculpt. But it was intended as an experiment, not as a finished buste. The scans lacks detail. At least with the Sence scanner I borrowed. But I can use the scans as reference material in the future.
I went to the Sorolla museum in Madrid. The museum was an oasis in the busy city. I liked his work and saw a few old photographs of him. I thought he had charisma and was thinking he could be the subject of my next woodworking project. The design stage went fine, but the carving not so much. He is missing parts of his ears, so I probably will redo it one day. The woodblock I used was skewed.
There are some photographs I could use as reference but they were all different ages. Sorolla’s face changed quite a bit due gained weight. So I had to mix and match a little.
Die schilder laat zich blindelings door zyn begeerte vangen,
En blyft aan ‘t Jufferschap en zulk gezelschap hangen;
En schildert vorders al zyn leevens dagen niet
Dan Jufferschap; het is alles Juffers wat men ziet.
Inspired by a poem of De Lairesse. Made of an old wooden toy block. I hope my sons will not miss the block.
I still want to reduce the size of the foot, but I don’t have the right tools for it now.