Neil Gaiman’s Sandman will always be close to my heart. Delirium was possibly my favourite of the Endless, or at least as the little sister, the one I related to the most! I was invited to submit a comics themed xmassy piece to Orbital Comics Advent Calendar Gallery by fab organiser Wayne and Delirium (who was once Delight) with christmas antlers just sprung to mind as a good image to represent benign chrismas madness.
Entirely hand stitched from my own drawing, she took two or three days to complete.
I really enjoyed putting lots of different texture in her crazy hair to make the piece really pop. Also I couldn’t help squeezing a bit of twinkle in with Krenik metallics, in her eyes, antlers and snowflake sparkles – work in progress pic below.
The finished piece was taken out of the hoop and mounted on a tiny 4 x 5.5 inch canvas to meet the Gallery’s requirements.
It’s not often I completely fall in love with a piece that I’m working on, but Del here just came straight from the heart, no reference pics, nothing. I sketched her up on the bus on my way home from Thought Bubble. There was a lot of joy that went into stitching this little lovely, including all the buzz and good will I felt after doing my first comic con in years. It’s no wonder she turned out a little jewel :) Look out for more work in progress pics in my flickr pool coming soon.