I am working on my second portrait from my Sue Stone class and in doing this I have made a surprising realisation. Sue's process is to trace the image and then stitch this onto fabric. I thought I had done this with my first portrait but in our second lessons we are looking at layers and I realise that I had automatically done this in class 1 without thinking about it. So for lesson 2 I did exactly what was asked of me. I traced the photo and was really unhappy with the result. So I decided to see what would happen if I just drew it free hand. Result? I am better at freehand drawing than at tracing.
The top image is freehand, the one below traced.
Now I have to work out why I have trouble tracing the image. It is something in my process that is happening at a sub conscious level and I'm not sure what it is.
Anyway, I have begun the stitching in brown thread colours this time. I am using the drawing I did on tissue as my base.
I think I might try just doing a basic sketch onto the fabric, (although this isn't Sue's process) to see what I can do. I think using someone else's process and then altering it to suit yourself is a good way to coming up with your own signature in your work. I do not want to just copy but develop my own voice. Still a long way to go but I am enjoying the journey.