A sketch of a very focused knitting lady which went from stashed in my sketch folder to a colourful illustration and then to productivity gif, now she constructively knits over and over forevermore.
I have a backlog of sketches I’ve been hording up for years and I feel like I’ve finally got the direction and skills to develop them a bit further.
With a little (a lot of) help of my digi camera, Wacom tablet and Adobe CS I’m getting better at breathing life into character drawings I thought would end up stuffed down the back of my sofa.
You can see from the yarn binding that she’s been stashed away in a handmade book of sketches with no real objective in sight.
I really like this crafty lady sketch because she’s so focused on her task. And while her hands are not detailed I think they work well with her look of intensity. It felt right that she should be given the additional hands to mimic the knitting motion she loves so much.
I wanted her to look intense but not harsh, so I hope that translates into the illustrated character.
I made 3 hand positions, 2 head positions, 2 eye positions and 3 yarn positions. They even look quite nice stacked on top of each other, it almost creates the illusion of movement as it is. But once I got in my head that I wanted to make her into a gif I had to keep going. So I used Photoshop to create a frame animation which I then saved as a gif using the ‘save to web’ option.
I think if I was to do it again, or if I had some more time to work on her, I’d make the ball of yarn move back and forwards, I’d also make the scarf grow as she knits – although it would snap back at the end of the loop. I think she might also look better without the table. Although on second thoughts maybe I’ll add the rest of the room around her as a still image and it won’t look quite so stark.
Below is the first version I made. There are a few too many head nods and blinks, so I went back and adjusted it so that she nods less frequently and blinks less. That way she has more of a natural movement rather than a mechanical seizure.
I hope this lady gets your crafty inspiration flowing, or inspires you to pick up a project that’s been stashed away in the back of your wardrobe. Often it’s good to take a break from a crafty task and come back to it at a later date with renewed vigor, or some new skills, or a new direction that you didn’t think of before.
I personally have too many abandoned projects to count, in fact the knitted ones have come in handy as cushion stuffing. I think this lady is going to look up at any minute and tell me to get knitting, in a stern but caring way.
Let me know what long lost project you have set aside and when you plan to bring it back to the craft table.