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One of the things that Patrick Edwards has always done in the level one course at ASFM is to have the students do a self portrait. The school keeps one copy and gets to have a visual record of all the past students. I really like that part and plan to incorporate it into my new level one course as well.

With my first group of students arriving next week, I decided to do a dry run to see how my photoshop skills were for producing the high contrast print that the students will trace for their self portraits. I used my wife and myself as guinea pigs.

ASFM students are instructed to take a "less is more" approach when producing their tracings and I will offer the same encouragement to my students but as I had already done that when I took that course, I decided to take the opposite approach at least with my wife's portrait, just to see how it would work.

I learned a couple of things.
The first is that the positive (light ground, dark shadows) always looks good but the more detail you include the worse the negative looks to the point that the very detailed cut of my wife is hardly recognizable as a face in the negative.
The second is that the line drawing never looks like it is going to work out well at all. Again it is more depressing with more detail.

You gotta have faith in the process however because they actually all work out when cut and assembled. You usually can't believe how good they do look.

The bottom line is that I think I can do the prints well enough and I got some rather nice family portraits out of the experiment. ...... Makes me a happy camper.

Thanks for looking.

Paul

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Great idea Paul. Hope to see your student's results when they are done.
Have a great time next week.
 

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Results look good. You are right, I wondered how all those pictures you posted are related ;-)
 

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Hello Paul,

Like to see this post.BUT…..........
Did you tell your wife that you usually can't believe how good see does look.
 

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I recognise that lady! Both portraits look very good.
Jim
 

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I think this is all quite remarkable and I admire you for what you do. I would love to take your course one day.
 

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Beautiful work, Paul! I'd love to try this someday. I too would love to take your course.
 

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It is going to be a really good course. Good job Paul
 

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Great portraits, Paul. You could start a business much like a professional photographer only better!!
 

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pretty cool idea for your class, i think you did a grand job…
 

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I like your idea. I've been thinking of a similar project in my power carving classes using scraps of laminated MDF. Will need to experiment on myself before I offer that class.
Question, Is you picture in reverse?
Great post, Roman
 

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That worked much better than I would have guessed.

I noticed that your image has been mirrored.

-Paul
 

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You did a very good job. Did you use the scrollsaw or hand saw?
 

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Thanks all,

Roman and Paul, I flopped my photo so that when I put the two together (last photo) we would be looking toward each other. I thought it would have looked odd otherwise.

Arlin, they are cut on my chevalet.
 

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Paul, Nice work.

I have to say that your self portrait makes you look a bit like Leonard Nimoy.
 

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Nice work Paul. What are they cut into? Are these inlays or are the dark parts just cut out? Either way it is well done.
 

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Just light and dark veneer John.
 

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Nice work Paul you captured the images quite well using veneer which I think is the hard to do .
No more cutting your wife's hair Promise

Klaus
 

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wonderful work. They look so realistic when compared against the pictures.
 
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