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« on: May 06, 2009 10:28:31 AM »

Here's the last of my three siblings--my brother.  He's 17 now.

I loooove the way his eyes came out.  I feel like his hair looks a little too much like broccoli--any suggestions?  Or should I leave it as it is?



And here he is, up with my sisters: Laura (21) and Mary Ellen (31)



But yeah--criticism, comments or advice re: broccoli hair are welcome! 


UPDATE: How to:

Thank you so much, everyone, for your comments--I really appreciate them!  I wouldn't know how to go about doing a tutorial, but I'll try to go through what I do step by step:

you need:  thread, embroidery hoop, fabric (any kind will do--I cut up pillow cases from the dollar store!), carbon transfer paper (which you may not need), pen, photograph and computer

1.  I take a photo I like and fiddle with colours and tones on a basic photo program--I usually heighten the contrast and play with the colour after
2.  Print out your picture (all mine are 8.5x11)
3.  Tape your fabric onto a smooth surface, then tape down the carbon paper for transferring, and then over THAT you tape your picture
4.  Using a pen, outline the picture (use your discretion re: how much detail you want)
5.  Or, you can put the picture up on a window, and tape your fabric on top--tracing your picture onto the fabric directly (will save you 10 dollars on carbon paper)
6.  Once you have your picture, start embroidering!  I *always* start with the eyes--no specific stitch type--just go with the flow.  I tend to use satin stitch, back stitch, split stitch, running stitch, and brick stitch for the larger areas.  Sometimes I consult the original picture for colour gradations, but I feel free to mix things up

I hope that helps--have fun!  and thank you again for the comments!
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 10:34:28 AM »

We had an image of reference for your sister, but I bet your brother is a hot guy. I like it the way it is...I tend to feel when (at least when I do it) we retouch or "fix" sometimes we ruin it. I agree his eyes came out really well!

I wish I could do this...what a lovely gift it would be for my mom to do all her grandkids which 3 of the 4 grandkids  I OWN...lol:P

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009 10:38:10 AM »

I was thinking...can you maybe do a small tute for this?

It might take me all year to get through it...lol but I would really love to attempt this for xmas for mom.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009 10:42:58 AM »

BEAUTIFUL work!!!  I don't think it looks like broccoli at all!!  I love it the way it is, I wouldn't touch it, totallyrandommomof3 is right, sometimes when we go back to stuff we tend to over work it.  I love this..Excellent work on all three!!  this rocks. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009 11:33:12 AM »

I dont't think it looks lke broccoli either.  They all look fantastic!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009 12:25:58 PM »

I have to admit, his hair looks like broccoli.  HOWEVER.  When placed next to the other portraits, it looks so amazing i don't even have words for it.  Other than "amazing".  But I wouldn't change a thing, really.  The bright colors complement each other so well, I have no criticism to give. Grin

Great job!  I would never have the patience to sit through all that needle work for my brother.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009 12:45:15 PM »

Oh wow!  These are all fantastic - these three portraits are my all time favorite needlework projects on craftster - fantastic work, well done!

On your brothers green shaded (left) cheek.  Is that satin stitch?  I love the shading too, it really works well as an addition to the outline.

As for the broccoli ... lol, nope - the hair looks great.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009 01:48:30 PM »

Fantastic, so very wonderful!! This is my favourite of the three portraits- his eyes, the shading... everything's just great. Don't change a thing!! I didn't see broccoli until you pointed it out Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009 04:38:29 PM »

definitely brussels sprouts, not broccolis.  but anyway, i think only if you would just add some more strips in there, it would help.

i hope you know already that these are amazing embroideries, but i will say it anyway, because they are.
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2009 05:45:27 PM »

This is so awesome on every level.
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2009 08:09:43 PM »

This--all three of them, really--is amazing. You've really done an amazing job of getting threads to paint such realistic images. And I agree that the eyes are awesome in this one!
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2009 05:32:45 AM »

I love all of your portraits so much!  I agree that his eyes are especially nice.

My advice re: the broccoli hair:
*NEVER MENTION IT AGAIN!* (lol)  I never would have thought broccoli until you said it!!

Remember when we make something we are staring at it for hours and hours, no one else looks at it that long.  You know how you can stare at anything and it looks weird after awhile? well, it only looks weird to the person doing the staring, not anyone else.

Anyway, I mean that all as encouragement, your portraits are awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2009 06:54:58 AM »

I am so amazed by this sibling project and I'm certain if my mom saw it, she'd want her own set as well.
So absolutely, perfectly executed!

When I saw the verdancy I assumed it was a Hulk reference, which I totally understood, seeing as it's a portrait of a brother!
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009 06:59:12 AM »

amazing!!!  and the eyes look really... very cool.   did you print the eyes on then work around that??   they are so realistic looking
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009 07:46:45 AM »

These are absolutely fabulous!! As someone else said, I would love to see a tutorial, or even a little brief summary of how you got from picture to design.
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009 10:40:11 AM »

I was a child of the 60's, and your style in these pieces reminds me so much of some of the artwork in the Beatle's "Yellow Submarine".  I didn't think broccoli at all, I thought of sound waves!

I too vote for a tutorial...I would love to do my husband and sons' portraits like this!

These are so fabulous!
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009 11:31:26 AM »

These are amazing! Absolutely beautiful! Such a beautiful tribute to your family. I don't think the hair is veggieish. I think it would be though if you added more lines. Really I didn't see it at all until you said it and I still don't see it much at all after. I love his eyes too and the expressiveness you managed to capture. He looks like a very nice fun person the way you portrayed him.
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2009 11:44:36 AM »

Not broccoli...

.........I thought of BRAINS!


Which reminds me... if you are doing your siblings for your mom, where is the one of YOU!?!?!?
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009 12:13:24 PM »

wow, those are so cool! What unique family heirlooms!
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2009 12:32:32 PM »

simply stunning!  the shades of greens are awesome and his eyes came out amazing!
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2009 04:01:00 PM »

they're all super!!!! I didn't think the hair looked like broccoli! I like the pop art colors too!

Great work!  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2009 06:03:02 PM »

WOW! I don't think it looks like any sort of vegetable. The eyes are great. Are you going to do one of yourself too?!
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« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2009 06:07:43 PM »

ummm... rather speechless at this art! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2009 06:17:48 PM »

These are awesome! Great work!
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2009 07:36:14 PM »

Wow! I love this! I hope I can make one half as nice of my son and daughter. Smiley Thanks for the idea and the step involved.
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« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2009 02:27:00 AM »

these are awesome!
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« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2009 10:13:27 PM »

You're right, the eyes are amazing! I think the hair looks fine. It fits the picture perfectly IMO. All these are great. I can tell they took a lot of work.
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« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2009 07:21:39 PM »

He's far too handsome to look like broccoli.  Nice job!
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2009 03:06:17 AM »

I agree - brains, not broccoli.  Having said that, I like the idea of green being symbolic of The HULK!  And I also agree about Yellow Submarine art!  You have an astute bunch of critic here -- keep up the good work and get started on your own lovely visage!
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