Saturday, March 17, 2012

Little Girl - Finis on Day Three

I finished my little girl today and I must say, overall, I am very pleased with the results. 

Today I worked on the wood couch arm and the couch cushion, implementing many of the techniques from the book "Colored Pencil Painting Bible" (Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects) by Alyona Nickelsen. 

The many layers of color on the wood created quite a realistic rendering, even the couch cushion doesn't look too bad.  I also added more shadowing to her hair and face. I like contrast.  Then the background was looking pretty pale so I added another dense layer of an olive green shade of my Prisma colored pencils and then slowly dabbed minerals spirits with a Q-tip to the freshly applied color. 

These new techniques I am learning are taking some adjustments on my part, but I am liking the results I am able to achieve.  This new world of the use of colored pencils is quite inspiring and most exhilarating!  Try it, you may find you like it!

"Little Girl in Plaid and Black"

Happy day to all!
Karen Anne


  1. She's really lovely, the black velvet dress and the bench and cushion give a lot of depth to an already gorgeous little girl. I'm glad you're having so much fun with your new techniques!

  2. Wow my friend, she is precious! There is so much detail in this drawing! You are amazing! The chair, the pillow, her dress, her little hands, those eyes!!! Stunning!!!

  3. I'm so glad that you all like what I am learning ... it's a lot more fun when you share with good friends.

    Thank you for sharing this experience with me!

    Big hugs!


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