Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WIP - Eyes of Steel

When selecting subjects, it is always the eyes that I am drawn to and the unnerving gaze of this gorgeous leopard fascinated and inspired me. A detailed outline was done using dark umber in the Prismacolor Verithin range. The background has been inked in with Matisse acrylic ink. And then, as always, I start with the eyes, which are only pencilled in at this stage. When the artwork is almost completed, I will go over the blackest areas with ink.


artbyakiko said...

Interesting to see how you start your paintings. I am also drawn to animal eyes, but never start with eyes. Will be back to see how it progresses. :)

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Wonderful start Karen! I love seeing your technique as well. Do the final ink touches go on top of the pencil? The pencils must not be too waxy then, eh?

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

It's fascinating Akiko, how everyone has their own techniques. I usually start with the eyes, only because I think they are the most important part of the face and I don't want to get that wrong, then I can relax for the rest of the portrait.

Melody, the pencils I use are mostly oil based and sometimes provide a little resistance to the ink but generally it goes on quite well.