And, I have finally got those staring eyes right.
This challenge is proving to be a huge learning experience, especially these faces. I am starting to get he hang of free motion machine stitching and in these faces am starting to get a more even stitch. But working in fabric is so different from paint and pencil. I started thinking that I would just copy the photographs but then found that the faces would take on a life of their own when put on fabric. It is if they were saying "this is how I want to be seen this time." Writers often say that their characters take on a life independent of them. I feel the same thing with these faces. This is the face I started with. He seems so much more present when transposed to fabric.
I find the collages used in the animation of Mohammad Reza Abedi in the The Cypress and the Crow really interesting so have tried to use some of that in this face. I have never used collage before but will use it more in the future.