Friday, July 30, 2010

Art or Real - The Money Box

Art or Real - The Money Box
8 x 11 inches
Coloured pencil on drafting film
I probably should have posted WIP's for this artwork, as it took me all week to complete (which is a long time for me). I want to play with the idea of mixing realism with some playfulness, and this is the first artwork I've come up with. My youngest son's hand is putting the coin in the money box, and I must admit, his hand was much easier to draw than mine was with all it's lines. I might have to find a hand model for the artist's hand I think - someone with lovely smooth hands!!! I started this artwork several times, trying illustration board, Bristol board, Matte board, yupo and finally came back to the trusty old drafting film. Whilst I struggle with getting smoothness when there are darker tones on the skin, for me, no other surface allows for the same level of realism when working with coloured pencils.

16 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

How gorgeous!! I want to see that money box live and in person too. It looks so unique!

Anita Meade said...

Karen, this piece is beyond extraordinary! Not only a pleasure to look at, it gets the viewer involved by pondering what is real and what is the drawing. I love it. Well done again.

Dors said...

Love it. at first look I thought the hand was a photo. Very original Karen

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Really nice work Karen. Such a clever idea!

Mona said...

Karen, very clever. I love the money box; is it from a real one that your son has?

sue said...

Brilliant!!!

I love this sort of artwork and this is very well drawn.

I toyed with a few like this some years ago - not to your standard but great fun and something I'd like to have another go at
http://pencilpix.blogspot.com/2009/11/0111-november-already.html

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Sherry - I collect old tins and this money box is one of them - I love it too!!!
Such lovely feedback Anita - I wasn't sure when I'd finished, so I really appreciate your commments.
Thank you so much Dors - I wanted it to look a bit like a photo if possible :)
Thank you heaps Barbara :))
Thank you Mona - as I mentioned to Sherry above, the money box is from my collection of old tin boxes.
Thank you Sue - I will definitely check out your blog. I tried to research this type of art, but couldn't find a lot of information out there - it is fun to play with isn't it!!!

sue said...

Have you seen this artist's work Karen?
http://www.jdhillberry.com/tromp_thumbpage.htm

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Sue - my Mum actually has his book on drawing textures - isn't his work amazing!!!

Artoholic said...

You know Karen, I think this is my FAVOURITE of all your "fantastical" pieces to date.

Brilliant!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Ohhh thank you Cindy. My Mum wasn't so sure - I think she felt it lacked some 'soul', and since she's the wisest lady I know, it made me wonder about this latest piece.

DEB said...

LOVE it!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Deb!!! :)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

LOL - I know I've never really been a fan of acrylics, finding them a bit challenging, but I really like them on this surface :)

Fay Akers said...

Now I love this. I'm trying to figure out how to think out side the realism box, but haven't been able to.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Fay - it is a challenge isn't it!!! :)