The portrait project is ongoing, and as it moves along, some of the processes involved in the making of each portrait have changed, for better or for worse. This post is a brief process rundown, mostly as a reminder for my future self on what went right and what went wrong. It focuses on Cece, shown above.
Obviously, the very first step was to gather portraits. Designs were created in Paper 53 on the iPad. For the most part, the embroidered designs were faithful to the plans, though some deviated, and rightly so. Some designs may have been overly ambitious, and others too simplistic.
Actually embroidering the design onto the photographs. There was trouble because I had no physical template to work from, and instead did a lot of guess-timating based on the design plans. At the same time, it allowed the designs to be a little more organic.
Progress of Cece's portrait.
Some designs involved paint and other mediums to get involved. Curtis had plastic collaged onto his face, which was originally going to be embroidered over but turned out to be impossible to pierce with a needle. Despite that, I think it turned out well. Genevieve was the only composition that I painted before embroidering, which I think gives her a cleaner look than the others.