Blackwork Lion

A closeup of the final blackwork

This stunning piece of blackwork was created from a photo Duncan took whilst on honeymoon. The shot is one of a number he took of this particular lion.

The lion that inspired the blackwork

The piece focuses in on the muscles clearly visible on the front leg of the lion. The piece is cropped very tightly around the lion but the purposeful walk of the lion is still evident.

Blackwork uses geometric patterns which can be built up or broken down and worked in different thicknesses of thread to create the shading. I found the concept difficult to begin with having been used to using and blending colours, but I love the subtlety of the technique and I love the finished product.