Pyrography 101: Woodburning Illustration Techniques

A course by Ash Rudolph
Freelance Artist. Richmond, United States.
Joined August 2021
, Freelance Artist

Discover the meditative craft of pyrography and learn to enhance wooden objects with unique illustrations inspired by the world around you

  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 354 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover the meditative craft of pyrography and learn to enhance wooden objects with unique illustrations inspired by the world around you



  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 354 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 21m)
  • 23 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

“I’m passionate about the meditative process that pyrography can give you: sitting down and carving, smelling the wood, and feeling the texture you create is just as important as the end result.”

Freelance artist Ashlyn Rudolph specializes in using pyrography techniques to create unique, wood-burned illustrations which she shares with over 15K followers on Instagram.

In this online course, she teaches you the essentials of pyrography. Learn to decorate your wooden objects using a combination of different woodburning techniques to make them truly unique. Ignite your creativity and draw amazing illustrations with heat.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Wood and Workspace Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Practicing Pyrography Techniques
  • U4
    U4. Burning the Design onto Wood
  • U5
    U5. Useful Tips
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know freelance artist Ashlyn Rudolph. She talks about the creative career that led her to pursue a career as an artist, along with the influences that inspire her and the work she creates.

Explore the different things to consider when choosing wood for your project. Then look at the tools and materials needed to create wood-burned illustrations. Learn techniques for sanding your work, prepare your workspace, and discover methods that can make the pyrography process easier.

Practice different ways of mark-making and shading with your woodburning pen. Then gather inspiration for your design before using it to come up with ideas and sketches for your illustration using either Procreate or a pen and paper.

Learn how to transfer your sketch onto wood before burning the essential linework of your piece. Then move on to the details and add textures and shading using the techniques from earlier in the course.

Ashlyn shares her advice for caring for and packaging your finished piece. To wrap up the course, she guides you through how to use Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and more to promote your work.

What is this course's project?

Create a decorative wooden plaque using woodburning illustration techniques.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in discovering the art of pyrography, from hobbyists to professional artists.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required for this course, but knowledge of illustration or design in woodworking would be helpful.

In terms of materials, you will need a woodburning tool, a wooden plaque, sandpaper, a pencil, and a few other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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Ash Rudolph

A course by Ash Rudolph

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Ashlyn Rudolph is a freelance artist based in Virginia, U.S. As a child, she was passionate about telling stories and making things, and realized from a young age that she wanted to pursue an artistic career. She went on to complete a BFA in communication arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she specialized in children’s illustration and design. Ashlyn later went on to teach herself how to illustrate with woodburning techniques.

After sharing her work online in 2020, she grew a following on TikTok and Instagram for her pyrography work and later left her job to pursue a full-time career in art. Ashlyn mainly works on personal pieces, but has collaborated with brands including Ketnipz LLC, creating illustrated backgrounds for their game, BeanKind. She also shares her work with over 15K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Wood and Workspace Preparation

    • Setting Up the Workspace
    • Sanding the Piece
    • Materials and Tools
    • About the Wood
  • U3

    Practicing Pyrography Techniques

    • Getting Inspiration
    • Sketching the Design
    • Exercises to Control the Tool: Texture and Shading
    • Exercises to Control the Tool: The Lines
  • U4

    Burning the Design onto Wood

    • Texture and Shadows 2
    • Texture and Shadows 1
    • The Details
    • Linework
    • Transferring the Sketch
  • U5

    Useful Tips

    • Showcasing Work on Social Networks
    • Packing and Protecting the Product
  • FP

    Final project

    • Pyrography 101: Woodburning Illustration Techniques

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Pyrography 101: Woodburning Illustration Techniques. Craft & Illustration course by Ash Rudolph

Pyrography 101: Woodburning Illustration Techniques

A course by Ash Rudolph
Freelance Artist. Richmond, United States.
Joined August 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 354 students