Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Graphite Portraits - latest artwork 'Bright Eyes'

Bright Eyes
10x14cm
Graphite, black pencil and sgraffito on drafting film
I have always preferred working with colour, but lately have been dabbling with graphite pencil, and think I could become addicted. Whilst I adore colour, it is such an interesting exercise to focus only on shade, light, tone and texture. This latest work is of my neice Katie, and I will now be offering Commissioned Graphite portraits on Ebay and Etsy and from my website. My next project is to combine a bit of graphite with colour for some variation. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!!

11 comments:

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Oh Karen, wow! I am so moved by this little piece, its just breathtaking. I actually think its more powerful than you color work (if that's possible) Really well done.

RG said...

Very nice, you are very good :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

VERY NICE!!! Karen, you will get get hooked! This is such a lovely composition and the lighting is wonderful! She's a sweetie!

DEB said...

This is adorable Karen! I love doing figurative work, but it never seems to sell very well - unless it's a commissioned portrait of course, and I haven't had any of those in the last year. Now you've got me itching to paint some portraiture!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Melody, RG, Barbara and Deb for all your fabulous comments..
I have been surprised Mel, by the responses to the couple of graphite works I've done in the last couple of months - people obviously have a soft spot for graphite (I still love working in colour).
I know what you mean Deb, I am trying to increase my market for commissioned work, but it is an uphill battle. I will probably give this one to my sister - I doubt, as you say that this would sell.

Mona said...

Karen, this is really magical and like Melody says, just breathtaking--especially the lighted hairs! What a great idea to scraffito it.

When you use the term graphite, is it graphite powder, or regular pencil that you refer to?

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Mona, for your lovely comments - I used graphite pencils. I find the sgraffito doesn't work so well on the graphite, but is more effective with the black pencil.

pencilportraits said...

she's beautiful Karen, your a master on drafting film

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Karrie-Ann!!!! :))

PaintDog said...

People portraits are so very hard to get right, but you've done it Karen. Super, super nice work. It's all good, but especially love the wispy hairs and the way you left her fingers really light. Beautiful!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Ann for your thoughtful, lovely comments!