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51  Legit Portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: March 31, 2010 01:06:18 AM
Perhaps you've seen my previous portrait  https://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:

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52  Dig Dug Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: March 25, 2010 02:19:58 PM
Here's my latest.  I used DMC black 14 count aida.  I didn't like the fabric.  It didn't feel tight enough and wasn't stiff like the Charles Craft aida I usually use.  The floss colors are 817 (red), 444 (yellow), and 5200 (white).

Took me quite a while; so long, in fact, that I grew tremendously bored stitching all that red.

I wanted to do a border with Taizo Hori (the player's character) in the corners shooting the inflator down the vertical length of the piece, but I'm sick of this work and am moving on to another.  I probably won't use DMC brand fabric again and the next time I do a video game-inspired stitch, I'll just use two stitches over a 4 stitch area per pixel (as opposed to the eight per pixel in this piece).
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53  Re: Pixel Portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: March 11, 2010 07:34:29 AM
Yeah, it's Twilight.  And here's my friend, with a side by side comparison.

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54  Pixel Portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: March 10, 2010 08:46:42 PM
I did a portrait of my friend and her cat, but I wanted it to stand out from all the other "pixel art" people and cross stitched personal portraits, so I added a little whimsical thought bubble, her cat, and she's holding a book (guess which one).  The wine glass in the thought bubble was a real cluster**** what with all the backstitching.  I stitched the outline for the glass first, then put the red in for the wine, which made it so I couldn't see the glass anymore (it was in DMC 799, a really light blue), so I went over it again with a dark gray.  The cat was a problem, too, because it came out too dark, so I had to go back over it with white to lighten it.  I snatched the cat design from one of the "Friends of Craftster" icons. Smiley

Took me a couple days and a thorough listening of Jamiroquai's entire discography.

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55  Annoying Navi in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: March 10, 2010 08:36:30 PM
So I was partying with some friends the other night and one said to make this.  Here's to you, Meghan!

It's Navi the fairy, Link's companion from Ocarina of Time.  So annoying with her "Hey, listen!"  I was considering a border but I wanted to keep the piece clean as a whole.  Let me know what you think.

I offset the light so that it didn't look like a blue bullseye.  I used DMC 798 for the bottom left of Navi's "body" when I should've used 799.  The lighter blue is DMC 996, and I backstitched the circumference of the body with DMC 995.

I outlined the wings so that they stand out more against the white fabric.  If I were to do this again, I'd use black aida.

Finally, I thought it was missing a little color, so I backstitched around the word with some red, to let it "pop" and give the word a little more urgency.
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56  Star Wars Aurebesh Bookmart in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: February 24, 2010 06:55:36 PM
Hey guys, this is my second project.

I made a bookmark for a friend who's a huge Star Wars fan, but I wanted to do something unique.  I got an Aurebesh font and scaled it down to fit the bookmark.  That was, by far, the toughest part about this particular project.  Although my friend is more of a Dark Side fan, the Galactic Empire logo was too tough for me to design, so I just added some Jedi logos and some light sabers.  I messed up on the spacing in a couple of places and goofed on one of the light saber hilts, but I just made all the hilts look different so it wouldn't matter as much.

In all, took me the bulk of 3 days from design to completion.  Hope you like it!

PS: bonus points for those of you who know what it says!
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57  Stay fly in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: February 20, 2010 09:38:54 PM
My first work!

What do you think?  I think it's tough to see that it's a necktie and I was considering putting a little pocket on the right with pens poking out.  I got my inspiration from the 8-bit tie from http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/hats-ties/9352/
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