Friday, April 27, 2012

The little girl is completed and I have decided an apt title for this piece is "Little Daydream Believer".    The shirt and hands were finished today as well as another technique I decided to try out for a deep black background. 

I applied a layer of intense black marker pen to the background, but found that it was a bit uneven ... so I grabbed my trusty old bottle of India Ink and a flat broad water color brush and applied two layers of ink over the marker pen.  That did the trick and achieved the deep black background I was hoping for.

Since I finished a bit early I also added the photos of the progress on this illustration to a slideshow I am working on that features my past few works in progress.  If you'd like to see the slideshow video it is now available on YouTube at this link

Happy day!
Karen Anne Brady

PS  I am using techniques I have learned and am learning from the book "Colored Pencil Portraits - Step by Step" by Ann Kullberg and my other favorite book, by Alyona Nickelsen in her book "The Colored Pencil Painting Bible".


  1. She's lovely, Karen Anne. Your finished painting is beautiful.

  2. Thank you so very much for your comment, it means a lot to me ... thank you.

  3. I actually enjoy to see the finished version after following the process! Gorgeous work! Have anice week end

  4. Thanks Elettrarossa, that is good to hear; I was beginning to think perhaps I was boring people with these works in progress ... maybe not?

  5. My friend, it is amazing to see your works of art come to life! She is beautiful! I love her little smirk ;o) I love what you named her ;o) Perfect!!!

  6. I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying my WIP's Stacy and that you like her smile and the title ... sometimes the title is the hardest part of an illustration... 8)


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