Perhaps you've seen my previous portrait http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340901.msg3953449#msg3953449. Well, this time, it needed to be EPIC.
Presenting Franklin. When I told him I was going to do a portrait of him, he insisted he be standing over a dead animal. It was my idea to make it a dinosaur (or, more accurately, a Drago from the video game Mother 3). Franklin is an outdoorsy guy, as evidenced by his North Face hoodie and his choice of a kayak paddle for a weapon. Plus, he is always saying things are "legit." I intended to do the word in a metallic gold floss, but did not want to wait to get to the store to buy it. I also wanted to add a little something extra, like the thought bubble from my previous work, and decided on a speech bubble with a simple exclamation point. I wanted a symbolic representation of something Franklin would say, but couldn't think of something iconic enough. Alternatively, I was going to stitch a Byzantine halo around his head, but it looked uneven, so I took it out.
The sprite I used for the dinosaur used three greens, so I did the same, but I think it would look better without the light green patches.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with this, but it still feels like it's missing something. I think that it strikes me as a narrative piece more than a portrait and it would benefit from the addition of a background. After all, what's a story without a setting? I was thinking volcano erupting or on the moon with earth in the distance or even something silly like a subway station. But I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to put enough detail into something far into the background and it would just crowd the character.
A couple of progress shots: