Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

8x10 inches

Watercolour pencils, coloured pencils and pan pastels on wood


I thought I would have a bit of an experiment using the coloured pencils on black gesso and am not sure whether I like the result or not. The pan pastel background sank away and dulled quite a bit, so I redid it using some Derwent Coloursoft pencils. Thankfully there is very little, if any, colour change to the coloured pencil work once fixative is applied. Whilst I really enjoyed working on the black, it is always really hard to get a good scan once finished. I am about to start another piece on the black, which will have a bit more colour and see how we go from there.

10 comments:

Mona said...

Karen, it looks fabulous from here! The black gives it a bit of drama I think.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you for your thoughts Mona - I really value your opinion!!! :)

Dors said...

What a cutie. Awesome job Karen.

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is fabulous work, Karen. What a perfect composition and I just want to cuddle this little one.

DEB said...

This is beautiful karen! I know how hard it is to work on black gesso. the darkest i like to go is maroon or midnight blue.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors, Sherry and Deb - you are right Deb - it's not easy to work on, but I am struggling to find the coloured gesso in any other colours. I might have to try tinting it :)

Artoholic said...

I think she's fabulous. Her fur is just divine. The black gives Miss C a wonderful highlighted effect I think.

Yes, you can certainly tint gesso. Fun with colour experiments coming up I think!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Cindy - I think so too - the black is great to work on but a nightmare to scan!!! :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Hi Karen, She looks fantastic on my monitor! Thanks for sharing all your new ways of working. It's great reading your impressions as well as those of your followers.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Barbara - I think that's what blogging is all about - sharing our own art journey and experiences and learning from others as well. It makes for a more enriching experience all round :)