I've just started working on a stencil design of one of my sisters. (She doesn't know yet, and I don't know whether she'll be pleased or mortified to be immortalized in spray-paint.)
I've got two designs that I've done some rough work on, but I'm not sure which one I like the most.
Here are the original photos:
The first is of my sister holding our nephew, and in the other she's with our dad.
I put them through a few filters in Photoshop (changing them to black and white, and mucking around with the contrast) until I got something that looks stencil-like.
Here's the first one. (With dad cut out - I'm fairly sure he wouldn't like the spray-paint treatment!) I've done about an hour's work on this, and it's still pretty rough - but I think it's got potential. I really like the hair, and I've changed the way her shoulders slant, putting the LH shoulder higher, to give her a more relaxed, spontaneous look. (Amazing how just a few little strokes can change the overall look.)
The other design is still very basic, not even a proper stencil yet, just a black and white photo. But, I can see it would probably come out ok, because my sister's face has some strong lines in it, and I also like the overall shape - an adult, wrapped around and looking over, a child.
So, I'll just keep playing around with these two and let you know what happens. I'm thinking of spraying it in bright green - just for something a bit different. Love to know what you think! Which picture appeals to you more?