Shortly after, I was commissioned to do a wood-burning but it was a bit of a secret and I only released snippets here and there on what I was working on which looked something like this:
Part of the challenge was trying to figure out how to approach the feathers – and I ended up using two different techniques.
As you can see here, I first burned the feathers and then my handy dandy knife and I had a bit of fun.
But I still couldn’t show it off – and here I was just doing some detailing and finishing before sending it off to the new owner.
Since we decided to go see the band in North Carolina, I thought we’d just bring it with us for handoff and the evening was absolutely amazing. Not only did I get to share my artwork with everyone there, but Through all this Time gave me a shoutout for the wood-burning – which is really cool.
Here’s the display with all the Black Plague Merch.
It was an epic evening seeing amazing bands – and hanging out with them.
I am honored for the connections and the commission I was able to create!
Every now and then when I do some image searches for reference I come across royalty free images such as this Moose. The face of the moose drew me in and I felt like I had to wood-burn this guy. Like I mean look at him, he’s so stinking cute!
And if you have a thing for animals, you look into what they stand for and what their symbolism is.
Don’t sweat it, that’s the motto of the moose. It’s a tactic to conserve heat, and precisely why moose thrive so well in cold environments. Symbolically, this is a way of saying “stay cool” under pressure.
So who is John Frederick Miller?
John Frederick Miller (1759–1796) was an English illustrator, mainly of botanical subjects. Miller was the son of the artist Johann Sebastian Müller (1715 – c. 1790). Miller, along with his brother James, produced paintings from the sketches made by Sydney Parkinson on James Cook’s first voyage. He accompanied Joseph Banks on his expedition to Iceland in 1772.
And that’s about the most information I found through all the internet sources available.
The moose wood-burning measures 9 x 7 and is protected with polyurethane and comes ready to hang.