Sunday, May 2, 2010

Commissioned Illustration - Sunset Gathering

Sunset Gathering
9x12 inch
Watercolours, ink and coloured pencil on Canson Mi-teintes Tex Paper
Here is the illustration that I mentioned in my previous post. After starting it a couple of times, a couple of months ago, I initially told the client that it was probably too far removed from what I normally do, and that I didn't feel I could create exactly what she was after. My instinct has always been to paint and draw in a photorealistic style, and this particular client (she has the patience of a saint!) wanted something that looked a bit more cartoon like, and this was a quite a struggle for me. Those of you who follow my blog will know that lately I have been experimenting with different styles and genres, in an effort to move away from the tight style of realism, to something a little more creative. Many people appreciate realistic art more than art that is more illustrative, but to be honest, I find photorealism much easier to achieve. I was frustrated with myself for not completing the illustration when it was first commissioned, and was determined to persevere to completion - I started it again four times in the last week! I'm not sure if I am completely happy with it even now, but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that I completed it!!!

17 comments:

Artoholic said...

The new Beatrix Potter (with a little Bambi thrown in)!

I love this style Karen, you've created a fantasy land that is real in it's own right.

I try not to compare styles anymore, it is what it is. I remember having to do countless Name Plaques for new born babes, always with Beatrix Potter or Thomas Tank characters intertwined in the child's name. I would never have chose that style for myself, but for kid's rooms, it's the thing they enjoy.

I'm sure your client will be well pleased!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Cindy - you are always so encouraging. I would say you could put your hand to any style asked of you - you are so versatile and talented. I think it is good for any artist to get out of their comfort zone, but it can be a challenge!!!

Dors said...

How wonderful Karen. Love the little characters, what a superb composition and so beautifully created.

Great Job.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors and welcome back - I hope you had the most wonderful time in WA!!!!

DEB said...

Karen, this is a lovely piece. I can relate to having clients who want something a bit different. That's why, anymore, I just insist on a photo for commissions. A friend of mine recently asked me to help her design a t-shirt for the reunion of the arts high school she graduated from. I gave her some ideas, but declined in the end, because she was looking for a graphic artist, and that's just not my style. You are so brave to attempt and complete this piece!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Deb - I guess it is always easier to do what we are best at, but I was so frustrated with myself for not completing the illustration, so I'm happy that I did.

AutumnLeaves said...

Still, you have managed to capture whimsy and my imagination with this lovely piece, Karen. I tend to enjoy a photorealistic style myself, but really enjoy whimsy too. You have done a great job here!

Mona said...

Very sweet Karen. It feels like I enter into its story as I look.

artebaiao said...

muito interessante!!!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

This IS away from your usual way of working, Karen, but I think you've achieved your goal. This is so cute! I can't believe you started it four times!!! That sound like something I would do! Good luck in your explorations. It is good for us to get out of our comfort zones. It can bring interesting surprises our way!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments - they are heartwarming!!!

sam said...

Hey Karen, I too experiment a lot. For me its to get away from something realistic, Id almost feel I was happy to paint like a cartoon. Keep trusting your instincts, I absolutely love this piece, youve created a whole new world, its a real gift)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement Sam - I really appreciate it!!! :)

DEB said...

Karen, Welcome to the miniature fine art group on yahoo! Now you've got me wondering who else I know online that I assumed was a member there, but isn't!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Deb, If I think of anyone, I will let you know :)

artbyakiko said...

What a gorgeous illustration! It's full of dreams and love. Now, you need a story to go with it. :-)
I love to be able to do this type of work, but it's so difficult for me.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Akiko - it is really hard for me too but I am trying to stretch myself :)