Tuesday 26 February 2019

Window View Corrections

Window View with Corrections

I have finished all the tree stems and all the large branches that need to be completed before the rest of background. I’ve gotten to the point where some problems are starting to show up. The building, the tree tops and the fence post all look a little crooked. The door and the hill stick out too much. I can see a few little fixes I could easily make. I'm not sure which one is affecting the piece the most. 

Map of Problem Areas
 I went back and looked at the scan of the drawing I made the pattern from. I circled all the areas of the picture that stuck out and made a few notes on how I could improve the look. I went through and made the changes shown below. Overall it did make the design look a lot better.
door removed
original door
Door new fillingThe most obvious thing that did not fit in well was the door. I removed the stitching from the door so that it could be completely redone. I filled the door back in using the same colors as the fence post and the shovel handle. The door still sticks out a little more than I wanted it to but looks better than before.
Hill with green stitching
Plain yellow hill
The yellow ochre hill is way to bright. First I tried to tone it down with white thinking it would look like patches of snow. That made the hill look even brighter. Using the same green as the trash can I made straight stitches on the hill. These look like trees growing on the hill. This toned it down a bit and added some texture instead of being a large block of color. 
fence post close upfence post corrections

The light brown fence post looks a little crooked. The light colors on top of the post don't blend in. I took these light lines out. Widened the post at the top and finished it off so the stitching at the top was straight.

Roof edge correction
Roof edge close up
The fix that changed the piece the most was straightening the edge of the lower roof. Even though it was just a few stitches and was the fastest of the changes to make. It is near the focal point and the vanishing point of the picture. This little fix changed the perspective of the whole building. 

Tree top removed
Tree top slanted
Tree top correctionThe right tree was not straight at the top. It was slanted at the top making it look like it stopped just before the top edge. It would be even harder to keep the top straight with a crooked tree top. 
I have the piece almost finished now and will write one more post showing the final piece. 

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Window View 2 Fences and Walls

Adding Color to the Fence and Wall
This is the second post about this piece. In the first post I got the piece started up to where the black outlines were done. Today I will continue on filling in the foreground. Starting with the fences and moving back to fill in the side of the house. Both fences and the house are filled in by blending two colours of threads together. This is also referred to as tweeding. 

Brown FenceFence Shading
The brown fence was done in a satin stitch. Blending the colours gives the fence a multi-coloured look. The brown fence is filled in with satin stitch through the spaces between boards the grey fence showed. I used a darker grey here and the same grey along the bottom of the horizontal board. I used a split stitch to fill in the horizontal board to make it stand out from the boards behind it. The colours didn't blend quite as nicely in the grey fence as the brown fence.

Fence close upGrey Fence
Door and Window Frames
Next, I filled in the tools and details on the wall. It made the wall easier to fill in with the edges clearly defined. The edges are mostly outlined with split stitch. The finer lines are done with straight stitch. I used a stem stitch for the garbage can to give it a rounded appearance. 
Coloring the Wall
The building was the most fun to fill in. I used many different shades of brown blended together. Switching back and forth between one pair and another making the side of the building many combinations of colours.

In the next post I will be filling in the roof and starting on the trees and branches surrounding the building.