Tweaking Adele’s Face

My morning smile….my spell check doesn’t think ‘tweaking’  is a word! Not too many rughooking lexicographers about I guess!

My process for tweeking Adele’s face goes something like this….After I’m done hooking a portion or want a break…..I clamp the piece up in the room so I can easily see it while reading or watching TV. Then I periodically stare at it…what do I like…what disturbs me? …and if something disturbs me,,,why…and how can I change it?

Adele’s nose has gone through several adjustments in this process.

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First I changed the order of shading to have the highlight in the centre. The wool I thought would be the lightest…didn’t turn out that way. (still not too sure I have this right).

Then the flare of the left nostril was too small so I extended that a bit.

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Then the left side of the nose didn’t show up well enough against the face…so I outlined it with black embroidery floss.

 

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The left side of the nostril now seemed a little larger than the right side…..so I flared the right side out a bit more.

 

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Another area that concerned me was the jaw line. As I filled in the chin and cheek areas, it seemed too broad. I pulled out the outline row, and the shadow row, and moved each back one row, and I think the profile now more closely resembles the Glimt painting, I outlined the hair so that I would have a better perspective on how the head would look as a whole.

 

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I then decided that the black embroidery floss was too stark, and I didn’t like the line running all the way up to her eyebrow. I placed grey floss over top to see what it looked like….liked it….ripped out the black and redid it with the grey.

 

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original lips

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left side tweeked

The left side of the upper lip was too pointed, so I took out two loops at the top and reworked the skin area immediately around it

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All of this may sound like a lot of work….but actually. I just pull out a few loops  replacing what is necessary, and it only takes a couple of minutes. The time consuming part is the looking/analyzing time. This process happened step by step over several days as I worked on the rest of the face. The whole face pleases me much more now….and when all is said and done…..that’s all that really matters!

4 thoughts on “Tweaking Adele’s Face

  1. I haven’t "blog checked" in a few days, so have enjoyed going back and watching this rug progress. Thanks for showing us your "tweaking" process!

  2. May I offer a comment without getting on the wrong side of you?!! :0)Her left eye…on the top, left side….seems to have just a "touch" of thelazy eye. Maybe not….just my view/mouth. Watching everything you are doing….wonderful instructions in a non-formal way.

  3. Of course you aren’t on the wrong side of me Jo…lol…..I’ll take all the help I can get. Not quite sure just what you mean though by ‘lazy eye’ …..could you be more specific?Elizabeth

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