THREAD PORTRAIT OF A FUNNY MAN

For this week’s portrait I picked a favorite comedian whose humor is universally appealing. He jokes about being lazy (He tours year round hustling his comedy and often bringing his 5 children.) He jokes about being overweight and not that bright (In reality he was a college football player and business major.) He is self deprecating and humble (He started out in business and made a brave career change to chase his dreams and is killin it!!!!) Oh and did I forget to mention he is an accomplished author and actor too? For all these reasons, I really admire this guy! He is an inspiration and my whole family enjoys his comedy…..He’s none other than JIM GAFFIGAN.

I really liked this image because of the expression. It was just enough of a smile. I also love embroidering beards and glasses so this one had it all! My printer is in need of some new ink so the image is a little wonky but the outline is all I need.

I really liked this image because of the expression. It was just enough of a smile. I also love embroidering beards and glasses so this one had it all! My printer is in need of some new ink so the image is a little wonky but the outline is all I need.

My next step in the process is to pick out a color palette. I usually pick out some initial colors and then it evolves as I am stitching and noticing new details and colors.

I started at the top and worked my way down. The color gradations are so subtle with the peach of his skin and very light blond of his hair. Color mixing can be so tricky when dealing with a limited thread palette. Choosing the direction of the stitches is also part of the ongoing decision making progress.

I started at the top and worked my way down. The color gradations are so subtle with the peach of his skin and very light blond of his hair. Color mixing can be so tricky when dealing with a limited thread palette. Choosing the direction of the stitches is also part of the ongoing decision making progress.

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I took this picture with my phone camera. It’s amazing how different the threads look in different lighting. It also warps the perspective.

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And finished! I am thinking of transferring the image onto a dark fabric to really make him ‘pop’ but overall pleased with the end result:)

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It’s been a short busy week around here. Several inches of an October snow and a week long forecast of under 30 degree weather. Time for soup, chocolate chip cookie making, and lots more stitching!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are!
Pam