Sunday, September 6, 2009

Graphite with a hint of colour - Pippa


This is the first in a series of portraits I would like to do combining graphite with a hint of colour. The reference photo for Pippa was kindly provided by Andrea (Pencil Painting Network) and is of her delightful daughter Pippa - isn't she a cutie!!!! In future, I am going to try to avoid portraits with too many dark areas, as blending the dark to light proved a frustrating challenge, but we got there in the end.

8 comments:

artbyakiko said...

What a stunning portrait!! This is fantastic! I just love the expression, lighting, structure, ...everything. What is the size of this work?

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you heaps Akiko - this one is 12 x 16 cm, so almost 5 by just over 6 inches.

DEB said...

It IS hard to combine dark to light, but it is SO worth it! You achieved a much more dramatic effect. As Akiko said, STUNNING!

And the codeword I have to type to publish this comment is "sequel" - can't wait to see the sequel to this one!

RG said...

Wow....!! I'm speechless :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Hi Karen, In your "blending the dark to light proved a frustrating challenge", I think you achieved it very well! I wouldn't have thought otherwise if you hadn't mentioned it. I love the eyes!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Deb, RG and Barbara. I don't know where I would be without the encouragement and support of my internet friends - thank you all heaps!!!!

sam said...

I just came through from Debs blog, wonderful art Karen. She looks so happy, the dark really works:)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Sam - it is always lovely to meet a new follower!!! :)