Friday, March 18, 2011

Custom Lovables Continue


I've been working on several custom needle felted dog portraits lately. Leo is a dog whose photo I immediately fell in love with. What a kind and caring face. Certainly a dog one would fall in love with at first meeting.

Needle felting Leo's portrait has been no easy task. Similarly hard to photograph a black dog, it's a daunting task to create a black dog's portrait in wool roving. Creating gradations of black has helped, along with the addition of brown. I felt I had to zero in to Leo's eyes to capture his spirit.

The other thing that is extremely helpful for me (making sure I am on the right track) is to take photos of the needle felting and double checking the nf photo against the actual photo. Since I've started this post, I have made 3 adjustments to the needle felted portrait and re-uploaded the new photo. (I'm sorry I didn't leave the 3 discarded photos on the blog so you can see my subtle adjustments-already discarded. Note to self for next time...)


I think I'm ready to proceed onto the next step now, turning the portrait into a pillow. This is a birthday gift for an unsuspecting friend of the purchaser. I think she will be pleased with her timeless portrait of her beloved friend. What a friend Leo is... indeed.

2 comments:

junelle said...

Valerie~
I can barely keep up with your projects woman! My goodness you are so multifaceted!

This looks like a gift from the heart~ working black on black is tough, a lot like my little white on white lambs?

Love it all~ off to read the posts I have missed! xxxooo
Junelle

Heather Woollove said...

Really, really nice, Val!!
(My co-worker just said, "Spot on", too!) XXO-