Saturday, June 27, 2009

Some recent sketches.

This was an ad for Fringe Hair Salon. That's supposed to be a ruler. It's unfinished.

I think this is the girl from Bat for Lashes? I went overboard with the hair. The bangs and the bottoms look exactly like I wanted. The rest is total shit.


Another Fringe ad. Her face turned out unnaturally long. I may turn her into a werewolf.

From a photo by Matt Schwerin. Unfinished.


Another photo by Matt Schwerin. Super unfinished.


I know what you're thinking: Unabomber.
Greatest garage sale find ever, ever.

This is my new embroidery inspiration. I'm going to start sketching tonight.

They're from 1974/75.

Fuck yeah.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

So, I'm coming ever closer to finishing up my shit for this art show, which is quite exciting. I must say I don't think I've taken anything this seriously in awhile and it's nice to find something that I enjoy this much. I posted some in progress shots a little while back and I feel like I've come leaps and bounds since then with this project. I'm not finished as I still want to do some background work and some borders around the pieces to make them more suitable to hang but I have the bulk of the work (i.e. the actual portraits) done aside from perhaps a few minor details. Well, enough rambling, and on to the pictures!

I've been experimenting with tinting my fabrics in different ways. This one is all crayon, I believe.

Here is a decent closeup of the face and hair. I'm really happy with the way the hair turned out. The layers of texture there turned out better than I could have hoped for. These pictures are shot with a webcam however, and I'm afraid the detail just might not translate.

And here is girl #2. I personally love this one, hands down, a million times more than the first one. My boy-half and I had a discussion about it the other day, as he prefers the first one, and I think I've come to the conclusion that I like the sketchy look that the different stitch choice gave it. Not sure why, entirely.

Same technique for the hair. I will def. be holding on to that one.

The necklace is made up of french knots. The wires are double and single strand couching in multiple colors. I really wanted them to look like they were spilling out of her.

I was especially proud of the way that cigarette turned out, but I don't think these pictures do it justice.

More couching/wires. But more importantly, check out those areolas. The color is, like, perfect. I made sure to write down the color number. That is my new go to nipple color.

And here, kiddies, is why you never leave your embroidery lying around in a bag on the floor near an open can of Strawberry Crush when you have hardwood floors and you're enjoying some much needed "alone time" with your significant other in a bed frame that's on wheels.

DO NOT DO IT! Consider yourselves warned.

I will be carefully bleaching this soon.

All-in-all I'm happy with the results.