Today (despite not really being able to afford it) I finally decided to buy a tool that I've been wanting for a long time. I bought a pyrography tool (I don't know if the tool itself has any specific name
If you don't know what pyrography is, wikipedia sums it up pretty well: "Pyrography means "writing with fire", from the Greek "pur" (fire) and "graphos" (writing). It can be practiced using specialised modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens"
I'm really excited about this tool going to arrive.
I first tried pyrography a few years ago. My mother
bought a pyrography pen and some blank pencil boxes and plaques and did some designs to sell at a local craft fair. I tried my hand at some at the time and managed to sell them. That was years ago.
Lately, I looked up pyrography again and happened on these beautiful items on deviantart.
They absolutely took my breath away. I can't tell you how much I WISH I had that fiddle with the geraniums.
Not only did it inspire me to take up pyrography again, but inspired me to look into start playing the fiddle again after many years of it laying redundant in the loft (I'm still very rusty
Over the summer break I took out my mam's burning tool again and started working on a piece on a scrap of wood. I was quite far through working on a little illustration when the tool broke. In my desperation and frustration, my lovely
phoned a good friend of her's who creates and sells pyrography crafts. We zoomed up to her house to borrow her tool so I could finish off my little wren.
Excuse the poor photographs, but here was the result- the wood grain was terrible for this, it was just a scrap of water-stained plywood.
I bought some proper wood to try other designs, but didn't want to impose on our friend's generosity at lending me the tools, so I didn't get around to putting the real wood into practice.
Pretty soon, I was leaving to head back to university again, with my fiddle on my back.
Two things happened: As usual, university life left me skint and my boyfriend accidentally broke my fiddle (I never call it a violin
I was practising some Shetland tunes one night while my boyfriend was in the shower, we were both getting ready to go to a friend's party. He came out and I put the fiddle down on the floor beside the sofa to talk to him. We have quite a chunky sofa, I set the fiddle down in the shadow. In his walking around the side of the sofa intending to sit next to me, he stood on the fiddle neck and it snapped in two, right across the tuning pegs- just about the worst place it could have broken.
I was devastated to say the least.
We didn't go to the party, I was just too upset. Many years of tears and blistered fingers went into that practicing on that fiddle and it was all gone in an instant. It was only a student fiddle, but it was more than that to me. It was MY
My boyfriend felt and still feels awful about it. He gave me money to cover the value of the fiddle, but the sentimental value was what I couldn't really replace. I looked at the cost of getting it fixed, but in reality it would be just cheap to buy a new fiddle.
Invariably, the money he gave me had to instead be spent on electricity bills and the like. My thinking was that I wasn't going to make another purchase like that for a long time. It would make sense to buy something higher quality than a standard student violin to replace it.
I still haven't bought one to replace it.
I don't have the cash to spare.
So, this is partly a reminder- if anyone wants to commission me for sketches (or discuss larger commissions), I can start saving to buy a new one. It would mean a lot if I could make enough to buy another. I would lay any money earned from commissions aside specifically for this purpose.
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Rough Sketch Examples
Coloured Characters without Backgrounds examples
Baby Stegosaurus by heylorlass Baby Gryphon sketch by heylorlass
Full Paintings Examples
Sandstorm's kits by heylorlass Chasing lights by heylorlass Witch by heylorlass Curiosity by heylorlass
I'm a specialist in animals, though I can do people too- though I'm not as experienced at it
I can pretty much do any critter/human you can think of in realistic or cartoony styles. Bird, fish, mammal, cat, dog, wolf, horse, ferret... your favourite racing slug!
Prices below are in US Dollars and in GB Pounds.
Character sketch (1 character, 1 pose) rou
But all wasn't lost!
Looking on the brighter side, I decided that since the body of the fiddle wasn't much use for anything else, I could use it to practice on, if I ever bought a pyrography tool. And today, I did buy that tool.
So hopefully, if my plans work out like I hope they will, I'll have a beautiful reminder of my first fiddle to hang on a wall. And if it goes better than I hope, I may look into buying a further instrument specifically to customise. But that is all far off
Thanks for reading
And thanks to everybody who has recently
my work. I can't get around to thanking everyone individually, but it's greatly appreciated