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Topic: Embroidered portraits - Herzog, Sellers, Bacall, Andula  (Read 3575 times)
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« on: October 20, 2010 02:32:04 AM »

It has been a while, Craftster! I kind of forgot about this place and it is so nice to come back and see all the awesome stuff people have been stitching.

Lately I have challenged myself to do more portraits since they can be so difficult in terms of keeping the faces recognisable and, well, human looking. So here are a few of my recent projects, let me know what you think.

Werner Herzog

For some reason he is coming up really low quality so you can't see the stitches, so go to my Flickr/Etsy if you would like to see him in better resolution. Anyway I think this is my best work so far, it has definitely been one of the most time-consuming. I <3 Herzog films.

Peter Sellers

Dr Strangelove + Lolita... need I say more? Just a nice simple black portrait.

Lauren Bacall:

This was kind of an experiment to see how it would look on grey. I added the white eyes because the lips dominated the piece too much otherwise. However, it is a bit... startling? I think in the future I will try just doing simple black portraits on this colour fabric.


I adapted this portrait from a movie poster for "Loves of a Blonde" aka "A Blonde in Love" by Milos Forman. The character is called Andula, I highly recommend to film to anyone who is into new wave/the sixties. Anyway I am happy with how this turned out, was originally going to add some black into the hair for shadows/depth but decided it would have more impact if only the face and neck had black stitching.

Well, I hope you like my work. Comments and criticism are VERY welcome. Now I am off to look at what everyone else has been up to while I was gone....

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010 02:43:57 AM »

WOW! These are fantastic & inspiring! I especially love Werner and Peter.   Wink

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010 07:28:23 AM »

whoah, your werner is amazing! i love it! great job Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010 10:01:43 AM »

These are beautiful! Werner Herzog is my favorite director- I could tell that it was him right away. Your work is wonderful and inspiring, I hope you keep sharing!
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010 04:22:30 PM »

Thanks for all your comments, it's great to know that my Herzog is recognisable since that is one of the challenges I've had with portraits in the past. It's so great to get some feedback  Smiley

« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2010 09:24:49 AM »

these are all amazing!
the last one is especially striking. :}

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2010 11:12:22 AM »

Those are fantastic! The last one is my favorite too.

« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2010 04:27:08 PM »

The way you approached the shading on Herzog give a very cool effect, I like the angles.

The like the way you did Andula's facial features in black with those great satin stitched lips, very expressive.

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010 01:33:09 AM »

Thanks everyone  Smiley It's interesting to see that many of you single out the Andula embroidery. I will try to develop that style more in the future since it seems to be popular amongst y'all.

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