Monday, April 23, 2012

Little Girl WIP - Day 3

After working on exorcising the weeds from my raised garden bed yesterday I still had some time on my hands so I sat down and did a bit of work on the little girl's hair.  Like my gardening efforts, she is coming along slowly but surely.

It seems that most of my children illustrations seem to end up with red hair, I must have an unconscious liking for red hair?  I think I am going to have to study that chapter in Ann's book on how to color hair for brunette's; would have been smarter to do that "before" I started on the hair in this illustration.  Oh well, at least it is beginning to look like hair!

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 is absolutely fabulous. I have one of these books on my wish list.

    Thanks for sharing and happiness to all.

  2. Glad you are enjoying this WIP ArtSings!

    I would have a hard time choosing between the two but if I had to chose, I would probably choose Ann's book first because it deals with drawing people ....

  3. I second the fabulous ;o) She is a doll ;o) I wonder why you always do red hair? Take Care my friend ;o)

  4. LOL! I don't know, Stacy, I was just wondering that myself! Ever since I was a young girl, just learning how to mix colors, I've been doing that ...

    I remember one time when Mom showed me how to mix crayons to get highlights and shadows in hair ... I was thrilled and called it "Popcorn Hair" (don't even ask why I called it that ... I don't even know!) and I guess I have been subconsciously doing it ever since!

    Probably much like the time, when I was in 7th grade, and I announced to Mom "I know how babies get out!" and Mom hesitantly asked "How, Karen?" and I replied "That's what the belly button is for! It magically opens up and there is the baby!" .... my Mom totally agreed and I was so very proud of my insightful discovery!


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