I haven’t made very many dark skin tone tattooed people because I have not had much success dyeing the fabric to colors that I like and I think are even remotely realistic. So, this is one of a very few. He’s been waiting a long time to get finished up.
He has a lady on the front of his arm and George Washington on the back of that same arm.
This fine fellow started out as a composition in browns- his toile tattoos, his eyes and hair, his boots, shorts, embroidery details… but when I got to choosing a kilt color and I’d pulled out more browns, well, it just wasn’t working for me. So, Red!
You can see his brown striped shorts and his knees-
And under his hat-
It is pretty darn hot here but maybe not so much where he is from which might explain his hat.
Here he is without his hat-
His kilt is removable and he has navy and white shorts underneath.
Working on these fellows is definitely more fun than the fiddly work of the pattern making so more men ahead!
His trousers have tiny stars on them. Love that fabric. His hair is dark brown and is over-dyed grid pattern but so dark that it doesn’t show up in the photos.
I made this fellow along side the other one. He is made with essentially all the same design choices but in different fabrics. It was fun to work on the 2 together.
I just love this toile.
This is a special order and will be going off to live in England.
I made him a scarf but I think I like him better without it-
He has some snazzy shorts on under his kilt-
Red-haired man with shooting star pants.
I like how the graphics on the beard fabric sort of matches the drawing of the toile.
There is this thing- I work away in the evening and I am finishing something. It is maybe 10 pm. I look and am convinced that the piece is an unsalvageable disaster. I have learned though. Step away. Give it another look in the morning. Yes, everything is going to be okay…
I finished him yesterday. I put him up on my desk just to look at him for a bit. Today I added an earring because he needed it, don’t you think?