I honestly did not know that this picture still existed! I wrote about it in A Sad Little Story About Pencils and totally figured that I had thrown it out years ago. So this is the picture that I drew when I was maybe 11 that was the last picture I drew for a few decades or so.
I found it in an old Readers’ Digest World Atlas that we had kicking around the house my entire life. I went through a few old yearbooks and, yeah, that’s pretty much what he looked like!
Near the end of January, I took a short class about the practice of daily sketches. I didn’t need to be convinced of the value of that sort of discipline, I just needed some help getting started with it. I had developed the habit of choosing an item from my desk or worktable and doing a small ink sketch of it in my journal at the end of the night when I wrote down what work I managed to squeeze into the traffic of the day. I figured that it was time for another little stretch. Continue reading
I don’t actively try to eavesdrop on others’ conversations but… it happens. And sometimes what I hear sticks with me. She cut the knees out from under this person in under 10 seconds and that was the end of the conversation. So dramatic! Continue reading
This wasn’t my own pattern or anything, just a fan project that I’m working on with a friend. It was a heritage doll pattern that they adapted and my first stab at soft sculpture in so very very long.
I try to be a lot more closely representational in my own work, caricatures are not my strength but taken in pieces, it came together. It all started with the eyes and I will admit that I went far overboard on the amount of colours but… hazel! They’re hazel eyes, they’re supposed to have a crazy amount of colours in them!
The face was very simple as is the case with most heritage dolls, but I did make the eyebrows a lot thicker than the lines that they suggested because it was necessary. The character he’s styled after has some eyebrows on him. The eyes were a simple long stitch done much like an eyelet with a French knot in the centre for the pupil. The nose and eye outline a stem stitch; and the eyebrows and mouth were satin stitched lines.
The hair took the longest just because of the sheer area to cover with long and short stitches, I marked the hairline and sideburns first and then left him looking like a medieval monk for too long while I worked on the back of his head.
I left the bangs and the beard till last because they really complete the face for me. I was going to add a little salt to the pepper and may yet but I want to get the clothing completed first. Not going to reveal which character he is but also not going to deny it if someone guessed.
I would never have gone so far as to call myself a graffiti “artist” even back in the day but there is a slight chance that I may have dabbled in a little urban… decoration in my time. My (alleged) technique of choice was stencils because of the speed and precision of the image.
Putting all of those hours spent with an Exacto blade to good use for the sake of a Boba Fett cosplay commission.
This was done for an as-yet-to-be-revealed project. The image transfer technique that I was trying didn’t work at all (so grateful for no deadline!) so I went back to the tried-and-true for this part of the process.
I have definitely come to prefer screenprinting for a lot of my textile work but it was great to have this to fall back on as a low-tech solution when I needed it.
And there are still a lot of undecorated dumpsters in my neighborhood so it might come in handy! Allegedly.