This started as a photo our neice and her husband sent us of their newborn girl a short while ago. I was drawn to try doing this as an engraving as soon as I got over ooooohing over the image. It worked beautifully.
This is a great example of what I can do with a photo if you want to do a custom engraving for yourself or as a gift. This engraving is a 7" x 5" piece.
These engravings are done on an archival Mason Board surface that has been coated with a thin layer of white Kaolin Clay. I manipulate the photos digitally to reduce them to line art and then run that file through my laser engraver. The dark lines in the image is where the laser has burned away the clay, revealing the dark Mason Board underlayer. The surface can be watercolored and is quite durable. I also use this material as the basis for the Encaustic Beeswax art pieces I offer.