Tuesday, April 19, 2011

harder and harder

for some reason these portrait are getting harder and harder for me to do.  i have to look at the picture for hours, before i can work on it.  i still have problems with the skin tones.  i am using photoshop element to break down the picture.  there are people who are just tracing the picture and getting the same results.  that is the way i want to do my portrait. instead of playing with the computer to get what i want.  i just order a book by aniko feher who makes portrait quilts.  i hope this book will help me out, because i don't like the fact that it takes me days to get one portrait made.  the other techique only took me a couple of hours to do.the prince portrait took me two months to do.  i don't like working on things to long, i get bore and throw it in the corner somewhere.

check out what i have done so far.  i will quilt it tonight.

stitches for now1

YETUNDE

15 comments:

pjwould said...

This is beautiful! I get bored with stuff that takes too long, too. But, really, this is smashing.

creativedawn said...

A-W-E-S-O-M-E ! ! ! I really love what you do with portrait quilting.

Pam

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

You caught Oprah just right, and you even got that funny shadow on the right side of her face. This is just beautiful, Yetunde; congratulations on another great portrait!

Linda

Carol said...

You can certainly tell that is Oprah. Good job. I like it.

Judys Fiber Art said...

I have just signed up for a fiber arts portrait class. Hope it doesn't take me months to finish it. Your Oprah looks very good to me. Hope I can do as well.

Lenora said...

I think you've done an outstanding job!Keep up the excellent work.

Karoda said...

The likeness is on target! Whatever method you're using is giving you quality results! Keep on keepin' on!

yetunde said...

hello to everyone and thank you for your kind comments.

Madame Samm said...

I think this is amazing..I would not have to guess who it is..that is how good you are...

Sue said...

Oprah never looked lovelier!

Vissions said...

It's me Shirley. Sandra your work is simply amazing like everything else you do. I will get intouch soon.

Dee J. said...

Beautiful likeness. Do you think it takes longer because we become more demanding of ourselves? I find the better I know my subject, the easier it is to portray him or her. Just finished an engagement portrait of a friend's son and his fiancé that took me almost a year to complete (well between other projects too)., but mainly because details of features showed differently on photos and I didn't know subjects myself.

Sherise Marie Wright said...

These books are in my library and maybe you could check them out at your local library. The Marilyn Belford Book is very detailed and Julia C. Wood shows the reader how to create the portrait quilts without the use of computers just in case the quilter does not have the software
*Leni Levenson Weiner-Photo-Inspired Art Quilts
*Marilyn Belford- Portraits for Fabric Lovers (very detailed book)
*Julia C. Wood- Fabric Photo Play
* Maria Elkins –Quilting Arts DVD on Photo Inspired Quilting ( this DVD showed computer usage and her style is just like Julia C. Wood’s in her book.
Also, you could dye fabric with tea bags in order to make African American skin tones in order to get it just right.
All the Best-Sherise

Sherise Marie Wright said...

Also, Yetunde you can search for a more tutorials on the Textile Arts Resource Page. Here is a link on Leni Weiner's blogspot on skin tones. Here is the link about skin tones:
Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Skin Tones - Leni Wiener
http://blog.leniwiener.com/?p=1086

It may serve as something you could use. Leni's tutorial is similiar to Marilyn Belford's info her book about skin tone as well

Happy Quilting
-Sherise :)

Kathy Timmons said...

Your O portrait is beautiful! I am enjoying looking at all of your work...thank you so much for sharing.:-)

Hugs,
Kathy in Nashville