This is a 4 inch hoop in which I embroidered a portrait of a character from the video game Fallout 4 called Nick Valentine. Nick is a companion character in the game and I am hoping to make a series of these, making portraits of all the companions.
For anyone who hasn't played the game, Nick is a 'synth', or synthetic human. He is from the second generation of synths which are clearly robots but have human-like features. Parts of Nick's neck and face have been ripped off to reveal metal parts and wires inside. I tried to get not only his face correct but also the wires and things inside his neck. I worked only with black, white, and gray threads since his face is grayish and I thought it suited him. I used bright yellow for his eyes since they are glowing yellow in the game.
This was a difficult embroidery for me to do because of all the details, especially in his neck, but also because I've never done a real human portrait before. I made a Log Lady from Twin Peaks but she had a very simple face. This one I wanted to be as detailed as I could get it. I think I did a pretty good job with it and I'm excited to do the next one. I've decided I'm going to make Piper Wright next.
In trying to get back into a crafting routine and in a way, restart my business, I have decided to change my focus. I was mainly focused on weaving for a long time, with the occasional embroidery. I've decided to switch that a bit, with more embroidery. More importantly, I want to do more fanart which is the reason for more embroidery - weaving for me is usually abstract, outside of my pet portraits. I have done one Skyrim related weaving and I will post about it here and may do more like it soon.
Overall, I just want to do more fanart and I don't have much of an interest in embroidering flowers and whatnot, honestly. I want to do characters and maybe some symbols or themes. I love video games and some television shows and I want to show my appreciation for them through my art.
Weaving is still very interesting and enjoyable for me and I won't stop making my abstract wall hangings. It will be less frequent though.
So that is what you can expect to see in the coming weeks, on here, on my Tumblr, and in my Etsy shop. I'm looking forward to making new things!!
Christine, artist and maker