While I have been cnc plasma cutting in my home shop for about 10 years....and I can CAD draw almost anything from a mechanical perspective, I have never really had a good eye for looking at a photo and drawing something with detail that looked like the real object. Once in a while I get lucky and draw an animal or a vehicle that looks good after plasma cutting, but usually I spend hours at my computer getting the task done. Recently I have seen some art discs drawn by a guy that has done some advertising on a few welding and metal fab sites, decent looking work. I had a few conversations with this guy and as it turns out he does a fair amount of business turning photos of people, animals and objects into CAD drawings that can be directly converted into cut paths for plasma, laser or water jet cutting systems. I thought I'd give his services a try, and here are the results in a couple of pictures. I emailed a photo of my wife in a competition on her horse....going over a jump. I asked him to draw the horse, rider and the jump, leaving out all of the background things in the photo. The next morning I recieved (via email) a dxf file.....which I ran through my cnc machine (PlasmaCam) software....took the file on a USB stick to my shop...and cut the part out of 1/8" steel, as you can see in the pictures a very nice piece of wall art from a photo. He is firstname.lastname@example.org and he is quick at turning work around, and is very inexpensive. here are the pics:
I have been using Inkscape for my art here's one I did just to show you, it sure beats drawing it.