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  1. Doc Mark

    Ken Hurst

    I attended all of Ken's engraver get togethers in N. Carolina. He will be sadly missed! He was always willing to share any and all of his techniques. He was the first to teach me how to set gold inlays. He gave me the piece of ivory that I carved into a Golden Eagle "cameo". I offered it to...
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    Question: For our Benevolent Dictator. Sam

    Sam, I hesitate to ask this in the main Forum, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. You once mentioned to me the name of the company that you use to print your Giclee prints of your Procreate drawings. I've misplaced the note that I wrote to myself (NOT an uncommon occurrence!). Could you...
  3. Doc Mark

    Still life #2

    Well, my wife liked the Procreate painting of the apples last week, so I decided to do a companion piece and to have them printed and framed for her as a Christmas present. I had the Clementines roughed out last year as a test of the newer version of Procreate, but it was quite rough. So I...
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    Question: Microblock XL

    I'm not sure that I fully understand what you are looking for. If I want to keep the work surface to remain horizontal, I put a small sheet of the non-slip, rubberized material used to protect tools. It is often sold as a drawer liner for mechanics metal tool chests. This keeps the ball from...
  5. Doc Mark

    Still life

    Last week I found several apples under a tree in my yard. Now this doesn't seem strange on the surface, except it was a magnolia tree and there are no apple trees in my neighborhood! One of the apples had an interesting color pattern, so I thought before eating it, I would try painting the...
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    Tricky Coin

    This guy is spooky clever and an extremely talented engraver plus engineer! I'd really love to spend some time with him and study his technique.
  7. Doc Mark

    Recent Engaved Remington Smoot Pistol

    Cute little buggers J.J.! Very nice work.
  8. Doc Mark

    Latest Rolex engraving

    Cool design and fine execution! I tip my hat to you guys that can torture yourselves by cutting the super-hard steel on these watches.
  9. Doc Mark

    Garage News: Borchardt underway

    Looks like another award winner already! Is it a Germanic "hero" theme?
  10. Doc Mark

    Another fantasy painting.

    Like my "Steampunk Hammerhead" painting, this is another attempt at going crazy with Procreate. With my apologies to Michelangelo, here is my take-off of a detail of his "Creation of Adam" on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I spent over 30 hours on this, trying several new techniques in...
  11. Doc Mark

    Another fantasy painting.

    Like my "Steampunk Hammerhead" painting, this is another attempt at going crazy with Procreate. With my apologies to Michelangelo, here is my take-off of a detail of his "Creation of Adam" on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I spent over 30 hours on this, trying several new techniques in...
  12. Doc Mark

    Help, please: Resize image

    I use Procreate for all my designing now. Although I have Adobe Illustrator, I still use an old cheap program called Print Shop to do all my resizing. I send my Procreate designs to iCloud or my Dropbox and then open them in Print Shop. There I can set the design onto a page with millimeter...
  13. Doc Mark

    Colt Defender

    You're right Sam. I didn't pay attention to the white balance on these shots. My bad! As I said in the first post, I'm using an older Canon EOS Rebel with a Sigma 100mm macro lens. I do have two studio flash units with a soft box and some white umbrella reflectors, along with a good solid...
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    Colt Defender

    Hey Big-un, yes, you may well know this engraver, as he was one of the earliest (maybe even a founding) member of FEGA. I will not give his name as he no longer is active and doesn't even have an internet connection. I think he would rather remain anonymous. He lives in a city not far from...
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    Colt Defender

    I recently was asked to engrave a gun for another engraver. This was a bit unusual to say the least. The gentleman in question is suffering from failing eyesight and some hand tremors and no longer does any engraving. I thought it an honor that he trusted me with his one of his own pistols to...
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    Floral gothic lettering? Art nouveau? Really I don’t know what i’m doing here...

    Simone, I think the overall design is very elegant and sophisticated. But, I'm having a problem deciphering exactly which letter is being represented. I love the Art Nouveau style overall, but it's the clever "wrapping" of the leaf elements around the letter that gives this a wonderful 3-D effect.
  17. Doc Mark

    Mother Nature's Helicopters

    Looks like you're "hummin" along there J.J. Nice work.
  18. Doc Mark

    Celtic Dragon Knife

    Simply SPECTACULAR!
  19. Doc Mark

    GRS Satellite Turntable Package

    Cool idea Mitch, until you blow all those fine, sharp metal chips back into your face. "It's all fun until someone losses an eye." He, He. He.

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