For all you metalheads out there customization can be a pain sometimes. Since I'm kind of a tiny person who wears little vests I prefer to make most of my backpatches since it's the most important part usually out of the whole design aspect of your vest/kutte/w/e you guys call it these days. It's easier to fit it for your specific vest and plus you can have a one of a kind backpatch. Here I use fabric paint I got from dick blick that I applied straight with brushes, just like acrylic paint. Don't forget to heatset it afterwards.
1) Here I use duck cloth, you can get a yard of it at Joanne's fabrics or at any fabric store. I usually use black for everything, I also find it really easy to paint on black backgrounds for some reason. I do the sketch in white colored prismacolor colored pencil.
2) I usually start with the eyes. The key to everything is pretty much layers.
3-7 is pretty self explanatory, I just keep lots of paint on my brush. Since you're working on fabric it's best to use more paint instead of thinning it out with water because fabric is very POROUS, so it's not going to act like traditional canvas or paper.
8) I add final touches.
9) Sew the patch on, and add studs. As you can see here, I kind of went through 2-3 100 stud bags. I have no restraint, hehe.
This vest is actually still not fully done. I plan on lacing the sides with leather and lacing I will post more pictures..eventually.