I used another sketch for this week's TAST exercise. The hair is Chain Stitch. Her lips look weird, I'll restitch them tomorrow:
I don't draw well freehand, so I use a trick that most painters and illustrators are familiar with - use a model or photo as a drawing guide. Life models, still life set ups, magazine photos, etc. all help to get the proportions right.
I have dozens of glue books in which I keep magazine photos that I like. Clothes, hairstyles, home decor, etc. all get pasted in. I started keeping these glue books over 25 years ago and now they're really coming in handy for embroidery! :)
Here's the original magazine clipping:
And here's the tracing I created from it - I just traced the major outlines and added extra flounces to the hair:
No doubt there are many of you that, like me, have no formal art training and can't draw freehand. I encourage you to give this method a try. It's easy and produces great results.