by snigdhapaka, published
This "poster" is made out of acrylic and it is actually for my history teacher. We had to write an essay about our five most favorite Americans and then we had to define what it means to be an American. In my essay, I suggested that being American means that you are simply crazy. Crazy enough to fight for freedom, crazy enough to try (and might I add succeed) in building a working democratic nation, crazy enough to sacrifice our lives to help cure poverty in other countries. The things that Americans do are very crazy. Sometimes, our craziness isn't always good for example, like when we sacrifice our lives to stuff our ideas down the throats of countries who like their way of life. Sure, we have our faults but overall, we are a nation of crazy nice, crazy funny, crazy strange, crazy determined and just plain crazy people. With this idea in mind, I made this poster for my history teacher and in the future, I will make a frame for it. There are 50 stars on it for the 50 stars on our flag and 13 "veins" which represent the 13 stripes on our flag. You can actually put little pictures in the holes that surround the eagle too=)
First, to make this design, I went on google images and choose a nice picture of an eagle. I then use Illustrator and Photoshop to make the eagle black and white so that it could be rastered onto to acrylic. Next, I put a 10 1/2 in by 10 1/2 in square around the eagle so that the laser would vector cut the square. After that, I made the "veins" by using the pencil tool to draw varied spaces that would also be vector cut. Finally, I added the text and the 50 stars which would also be rastered onto the acrylic. Then, I printed this image onto clear acrylic using a CNC Laser. Because the image was so clear and see through, I made a new Illustrator file and copied this whole image, deleted the text, the eagle and the stars and kept the lines that had to be vector cut so that the card stock would be the exact background/outline of the acrylic.