IT’S TIME FOR THE BIG REVEAL!
Ira and Charlie Louvin portrait in leather, 8×10″
I had never done a portrait before but I realized that perhaps I’d succeeded when I began feeling as if my work was STARING AT ME.
1.) As an artist of commissioned work I usually only get to do what the client wants.
2.) Letters are hard.
3.) I got to do whatever I wanted on this piece and the first thing I did was spontaneously add lettering in a super-complicated font that required me to create two letters and an &.
And in other news, I will definitely be creating a raffle very soon for a pair of Louvin Brothers/Satan is Real boots, because I know now that I can do an Ira and Charlie portrait.
I hate practicing and usually jump right into whatever I’m doing, but in this case I thought a practice piece might be prudent. These are process pictures for the Louvin Brothers portrait and they’re looking pretty good so far, but the real test will be stitching them. The stitching will either take it over the top or ruin it.
Here I’m starting to layer in the leather pieces
Still layering in pieces
I squealed when I turned it over and saw this!
OK, now it’s really looking good, and I’m nervous about stitching it.
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts is offering a 10% discount on classes right now, and this is the only class I’m currently teaching anywhere. Reserve your space today!
Link to class info
This is a new design but it’s easy to see Jay Griffith’s influence. (legendary boot maker and one of my mentors)
I’ve started a new pair of boots. Stay tuned for progress; they’ll look better once I add some color!
Shoutout to that time I inlaid an eyeball on a boot top and was scolded by a follower for invoking and glorifying the Illuminati.