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'Teen Zanon' by Pepooni - Final Laser Cut
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Published: September 7, 2014
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Just look at that knowing grin.  I must know what he's thinking! XD

This adorable pony, as I'm sure many of you are aware, is Zanon-Shadow-Veil's OC Zanon, as he appears in Pepooni's Teen Zanon.

He is made from 1/4th inch thick Baltic Birch plywood (those of you going through my gallery will start to notice a trend ^_^ But hey! If it ain't broke...), and stands about 8 inches tall.

The first time I cut this character, I didn't have anywhere near the experience or processes in place to help with file creation.  Needless to say, it looked awful (aweful? Nah, just plain bad.) About the only thing you could see were the whites of his eyes, and all of the lines left these deep canyons in the wood (removing wood when it was supposed to be darkening it).  There was certainly no shading in the mane or tail.  I was dreading having to go back and tell :iconzanon-shadow-veil: that it wasn't going to work.

I am glad I kept at it though, as this has to be one of my favorite pieces!  This character has such personality, and the design juxtaposes light and dark features in a wonderful and unique mix.  Trying to improve the contrast of this cut led me to create much of the file making process that I use today.  I've had a great deal of fun on this project, and I wanted to thank Zanon (the person, not the OC!) for indulging me along the way. I hope you like it :D
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RukarioTrainer's avatar
Hiya. I just checked in and saw your wood burning pictures. They are so cool! That's a really interesting idea, and it looks fantastic!

Actually given that you called it a laser cut.. Is the shading done with wood burning, or do you cut the indents and use some kind of pigment/stain/paint or something?
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Earth-Pony|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for checking them out! :D

"Laser cut" is sort of a misnomer, as the piece is engraved, etched and cut.  Nevertheless, it comes out of a laser cutter so I figured that'd be the best term to use! :XD:
So yeah, the different color areas that you see are actually a result of thousands of tiny little laser burned dots.  The laser cutter lays them down in the same way a normal inkjet printer does black and white images :D
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RukarioTrainer's avatar
That's pretty cool ^_^
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DrPeper2's avatar
Everytime I see you make these things I'm always amazed at the attention to detail that you give them.  Your craftsmanship on these is clearly top-notch!
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Earth-Pony|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, that means so much to me, especially coming from you! Thank you!! :D
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MinkWinsor|Student Digital Artist
Your art is amazing! Do you have a tutorial?
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Earth-Pony|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! And yes, I do, sorta... This journal detail the process I use: earth-pony.deviantart.com/jour…
Thanks for stopping by! :D
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MinkWinsor|Student Digital Artist
Okay, thanks so much!
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Eternity9| Digital Artist
That looks awesome ^_^
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Earth-Pony|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, thanks Eternity! 
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Eternity9| Digital Artist
Your welcome =3
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Awwee its awesome this piece not only pushed ya forward but also helped you create your current file making process! It honors me alot that you did this piece and I do know Pepooni is thrilled that you took her design to make it in a phisical form. I for one cannot wait to  show this off at home.  It did give me a great idea for a lil present for my wife as into first get a good digital art piece of our ponysonas then me commissioning you to get it as a wooden piece to display at home!
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Earth-Pony|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, I'd be honored to make such a special gift. Heck, I'm honored you've even entertained the idea!  As for this cut, I hope to have it on your doorstep before your birthday :)

It really has been a joy to work on this piece. I'm going to be sad to see it off my to-do list XD
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Hehe I cannot wait!! Hopefully as time goes by you will get other neat designs that can rival this one!
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