I am still puttering along on the mat of my grandparents. Here you can see the original faded photo of Stephan and Effie on Daytona Beach. I have cropped it in really close for my pattern. Might be fun to do this in sepias. . . . . hmmmm? Another project!
I can look at a rug I am working on all day long — even taking breaks and hanging it across the room and still not notice areas that need work. But, as soon as I take the time to photograph it and project it onto my computer screen there are a ton of little things jumping out at me! Here, I can see that I need to work on Effie's legs! The shading is off and it makes her legs look straighter than they are in the photo. Among other things, that will have to be changed! The process of hooking any portrait is just as tedious/painstaking, so never underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into rendering those compositions! Do note that I changed the angle of the front tire because it bothered me that I would not be able to see both sides of the handlebars from the original angle. That looked "off" to me so i took artistic license and changed it.
Also, note the lighter sand that defines the underneath part of the motorcycle! Making that small change will make a significant change in the appearance of the mat.
I am a fiber artist and sculptor living in sunny, Colorado! I have a home studio where I dye and sell gorgeous wool fabric.