Stitchgasm! Holly’s Self Portrait Without Looking

Self Portrait Without Looking By Holly Leonardson really captures what making art should be about – fun!

If you’ve never tried it, drawing portraits without looking at the paper is one of the best illustration techniques out there – whether it is to get you out of your comfort zone, or to try something a little bit different.  The results are usually a surprising mix of beauty, and hilarity!

Holly Leonardson's Self Portrait Without Looking

Holly’s definitely falls into the beauty category, especially as she goes a step further to make this great portrait even greater – by stitching it! The colours and simplicity of the line work are just perfection!


Leigh Bowser is a BA (Hons) Textile Craft graduate and free hand machine embroiderer, specialising in portraiture of both pets and people! See her work at!