The lettering portion of the Crow's Nest (a spinning drop tower ride) is to be routed from Precision Board. The figure on top is a sculpt and the post and sail will be sculpted concrete over steel. It is truly a multi-medium project.
As most often is the case it started with a quick sketch in my book with a ball point pen. This drawing was then vectorized (by hand) and imported into EnRoute.
I then imported a cartoon wood bitmap. Currently bitmaps are not able to be rotated inside EnRoute so the solution is to build a relief (in the orientation required by the bitmap) apply the relief and then rotate back to whatever suits. Easy enough. I did a quick vector trace of the outline of the board and then created a flat relief. The bitmap was then applied to this relief.
O then reoriented the relief and stretch it out as needed.
I wanted the board to be arched to match the letting, a simple task with the warp tool.
I then created a flat relief of the lettering outline. This was positioned vertically (in the front view) and then merged highest with the wood grained relief.
The addition of the bevelled lettering was the last step.
I sent the files off to the MultiCam for routing from 30 lb Precision Board. Tomorrow I'll be gluing everything together with more progress shots along the way. Stay tuned...