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Colors were all applied the old fashioned way, by hand with a brush. A slow system but as tedious as it sounds.
You did good because they look sprayed on except for the pig looks brushed. You really did good on the contrasting blues w/o smearing one into the other.
I wouldn't even attempt, think I would round up a small grand kid with a steady hand.
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Google is my usual starting point for inspiration. And then there is some strange stuff that my mind comes up with; often I just make a rough sketch of something, then something about it strikes me, and it winds up being something entirely different.

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@Gaffboat Why not paint the lettering areas before the cnc carving is done?
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@Gaffboat Why not paint the lettering areas before the cnc carving is done?
Two reasons, Ralph. First because it would be a little difficult to know exactly where the text will fall on the blank, but primarily because I really had not decided on colors until after the sign was carved. And, I actually repainted them when I didn't like the first choice.

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Another excellent sign, Oliver.

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You have a great talent for composition, not only the colors but the lettering styles and framing. Great job!

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I would have liked to create a 3D version of the hog with nice rounded contours but I can’t afford the Aspire software needed to design like that. .
Take a look at Autodesk ArtCAM standard. The free 30 day trial does allow you to toolpath any design, not just a couple of canned designs. It could do the 3D version. The interface isn’t that different from the Vectric stuff (Vectric was started by people that worked on ArtCAM when it was put out by Delcam). You could subscribe to ArtCAM for 5 years (getting all the updates for that long) for less than the cost of Aspire. They also periodically offer substantial discounts (downloading the trial will get you on the list to be notified when a discount is offered). I got a year for $99.
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Here’s a quick tutorial that shows how you can create the rounded version from flat vectors

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Two reasons, Ralph. First because it would be a little difficult to know exactly where the text will fall on the blank, but primarily because I really had not decided on colors until after the sign was carved. And, I actually repainted them when I didn't like the first choice.
You don't have to be exact.
Still a promising idea for other signs.
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