Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and a New Commission

Sarah & Joey
8x10 inch
Coloured pencils and Pan pastels on drafting film
This commission is for my neighbour to give to her daughter. Their dearly beloved budgie has not been well lately, and just in case anything should happen to him, they wanted a keepsake to remember him by.
A few months ago, I discovered Pan Pastels, and for anyone doing people portraits, these pastels are a wonderful way of helping to smooth the skin out as you are in the finishing stages of a portrait. They respond well to an application of fixative.
Wishing all our friends in the US a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones.

10 comments:

artbyakiko said...

This is so BEAUTIFUL, Karen! Your neighbor must be thrilled to have it.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I gave it to her today and she cried. It was so heartwarming, because, in most cases, I never get to see the face of people when they see their finished portraits, as they are all sent through the post.

AutumnLeaves said...

What an exquisite piece, Karen. I know that their daughter will love this piece and I do hope their budgie will be ok. Their daughter is beautiful! Oh! I just saw your comment here; I am not at all surprised that she cried over such a moving and touching gift! Just amazing and sentimental!

DEB said...

Karen, this is a magnificent drawing! I think I'd cry if you gave it to me, and I don't even know your neighbors!

Pastels have never been a favorite of mine. I love what you do with them, but I've never been able to get precise enough with them. Maybe the pan pastels would be different from the sticks.

Mona said...

I love how delicately this is done Karen. I agree with Akiko!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Deb, Sherry and Mona for your very kind comments.
Deb, 99% of this was done with coloured pencils and then I use the pan pastels to smooth out the skin (dip my fingers in the pastel and then smooth it on) - they are not really for precise work, but I still find they are wonderful for different applications.

sam said...

Karen this is just stunning. Your detail in the hair is just incredible)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Sam!!!! :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks for the comments of how you use the pan pastels. They must stick to the cp? I can imagine that she cried! It's such a beautiful work!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Barbara. They do stick to the CP's, but also brush of the drafting film fairly easily, which is why I leave it until the last minute to apply the pan pastels and then apply the fixative.