I have always thought human faces were so interesting but also so very complicated to render in a realistic way; especially a recognizable face! I have had so many hard fails attempting to paint portraits that I just stopped trying but the desire still exists. I decided to try out my “embroidering on a photo” method to create a portrait of one of my favorite all time guys……..this national treasure………..
I filled out the shadowy side of his face with some grays and browns. I just thought black would be overkill. I added some more beard hairs and then finally got the courage to tackle the eyes. I made them a blend of two colors which I thought was an effective way of handling it. I used a green color alternating with a gray.
Because I was limited to the colors of thread available, I made some choices that seemed a little more abstract and less realistic which I really ended up loving about this portrait.
Here he is.
A wise person once told me that if you tend to be an “over-doer” stop when you think you are about 80 percent finished. I think I’m at what my brain perceives as 80 percent. Time to stop before I ruin it! He will have a special place on my wall with some saved concert tickets and memorabilia:) Damn, I love him!!!!
Thank you so much for following along. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even picked up some tips to try with your own embroidery. Next week I am excited to try a freehand portrait but with a special twist:) Hope you can join me!
Have a lovely week!