Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill's Selfie with WIP's

Bill's Selfie
12x16 inches
Coloured pencil, pen and ink on Pastelmat
Reference photo kindly provided by Bill himself

I was quite shocked to see that it has been almost 6 months since I posted anything on my poor blog and that is in large because we have been renovating our house and I have been madly painting and doing lots of things other than sitting at my desk. Happily, the renovations are all completed and so I can get back to the drawing table and this is the results of my first portrait fort the year. It is 12x16 inches, and has been drawn using Polychromos, Prismacolors, Verithins, Derwent Artists, Coloursoft, Pablos, Lyra Rembrandts and Bruynzeel pencils, along with some Faber Castell pitt pens and a touch of white paint on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. A huge thank you to Judith Crown and her Father Bill for providing me with the fabulous reference photo for this artwork - he truly was a joy to draw. 


Whimsical Wood said...

Absolutely brilliant, a real inspiration! The photo used as a starting point must be great too, but the breathtakingly superb rendering speaks its own 'thousand words'.

Autumn Leaves said...

Karen, this is just so darned wonderful! I was studying the hair and trying to figure out how you handled this so beautifully...and I think you've let the background color assist, no? Exquisite work!!

Unknown said...

Thank you both Whimsical Wood and Crimson Leaves for your very generous feedback. The reference photo given to me WAS amazing and that made my job much easier and so much more enjoyable. As for the hair, that's hard to answer because whenever drawing hair I tend to draw in every little hair and look for all the hidden colours. It just seems to naturally come together :)

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Nice to see you back. I really enjoyed the step by step photos of the drawing. Final picture is lovely!!

Unknown said...

Thank you Wendy :) Much appreciated

hmuxo said...

I must say this is the most impressive portrait I have seen in a VERY long time. I paint portraits with pastel and its not easy getting those little details that one can get with pencils..
you are inspiring me to "maybe" do a portrait in pencils..
Congratulations on an amazing piece!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you so very much Hmuxo for your super kind words. I used to work in pastels as well, but what I like about the coloured pencils is that they tend to stay put more than the pastel pigment. :)