You might have noticed our dog is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. He is a cutie and our buddy. He is also a pillow puppy who has kicked me out of the lounger in our living room so he can relax next to his favorite person in the world, my wife. This image screamed to be engraved. It was great fun to see the image develop through the whole process.
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.
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.