For this quilt I started with a photo cropped in close. I drew it full size on paper. Then I blocked in some major areas with commercially printed black-and-white fabrics that had different overall tonal values. I drew my image on top of that using fabric crayons and paintstiks. The image isn’t complete yet. There are still areas I want to tweak, but right now I’m trying to think through various ways I could quilt it.
Yesterday I started a new portrait. While the overall size of the quilt is small (only about 16 or 17″ square), the portrait itself is quite big since it fills the surface.