On “the tablecloth embroidery project” finished Hummingbird number 10. This is the first female character. I had a hard time figuring out how to get the neutral browns to show with stiches of color. Finally settled with bright purples, orange, blue pattern to separate areas. Then adding a mixture of browns and grays for that overall neutral coloring. She is in mid flight with wings in all a flutter.
This is an airbrush technique that my husband asked me to do on his Kawasaki Vulcan 750 and his helmet. It is what I call “shadow” or “ghosting” an image using metallic automotive paints. It makes the artist face the challenge of selecting which details are necessary and which are not. When you get a little sunshine on it, surprise, there it is!
This was done as a matching shadow eagle face that is on his bike but the biggest challenge was reversing the image to rest on a white surface (helmet) instead of the black surface of the bike.Again the simplicity of the image is quite attractive, and much more powerful than you would originally think especially in sunlight. More images of this helmet can be seen here. It definetely gets the double take. It is painted on a black Kawasaki 750 (in reverse) that you can see here.
Airbrushing a custom helmet is a fun way to have a bit of personality on your ride. Here is one of my first helmets I did entitled “Back of My Mind”. It has been the theme of multiple helmets for myself over the years. Which way is she facing? It is a conversation starter.