I have had a old book on Chinese portraiture for several years. It dawned on me the other day that some of the portraits would make a great embroidery project. I looked for the ones that had good, clean lines. This is my first go:
There are definite weaknesses, and I might be going back to fix some things. First, the hands – the hands are terrible. So clumsy compared to how delicate they are in the portrait. Secondly, the eyes – I actually finally got the french knots right – or right enough – but the eyebrows make her look angry – not regal and delicate. All this must be fixed. I think that this is a good start.