Friday, June 19, 2009

Dragon Silhouette

Original design by Kell Smurthwaite ©

This is an entry for an art competition on the theme of Myths and Legends over at the Crafts and Creatures forum. I liked the idea of creating something that would potentially be quite simple (due to the short time limit for competition entry) and hit on the idea of only using a few bold colours and a silhouette for a striking effect. After thinking about it for just a little while, I figured a dragon would be the most instantly recognisable in silhouette and set about sketching a rough draft and then transferring it onto graph paper. There are a tonne of fractionals, which made stitching it a bit of a bother on Aida (I sometimes wished I’d gone for an evenweave instead), but I think it turned out quite well in the end.

It’s stitched on off-white 18-count Aida in DMC 444 (yellow border), 606 (red background) and 310 (black silhouette).


Linda said...

That is fabulous. Just love dragons.

wendy said...

looks great!

Kell said...

I ended up giving this to a good friend who likes cross-stitched items and admired the design when it was still in the early stages. :)

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