Monday, April 23, 2012

Little Girl WIP - Day Four

Early this AM I was out and finished weeding my two garden beds, turned the dirt in both and actually planted Rainbow Swiss Chard in one area.  I will begin planting seeds for the other herbs and plants in mid to late May according to the seed packet instructions.  Last year I had a curly leaf parsley plant and I let it flower and go to seed, but I forgot to harvest the seeds ... much to my delight I see that it seeded itself in a nice little 2' x 2' square and the new baby starts are doing quite well!  I guess Mother Nature planted that little patch for me ... Thank You Mother Nature!

Now to the little girl drawing ... I am really tired today so I didn't get as much done on the picture as I wanted, that's OK, I got a good start on the hair on the right side of the paper.
First I laid down a nice even wash of the color beige, I then used a sharpened mahogany Prismacolor soft core pencil to define the the curls and indicate where I want the shadows.   Once I have completed the hair, I will go back to the shadowing of the face and add more color so it doesn't look quite so pale. 

Happy drawing, coloring and gardening!
It is supposed to rain for the next 6 to 7 days, so I'm sure to have plenty of time to devote to my little girl in the next few days or so.

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. Your little girl drawing is looking lovely. The skin tones are amazing.

    Hope you have a big harvest from your gardens!

  2. Karen Anne, it sounds like your gardening is coming out wonderful ;o) Did I tell you, I bought mom's herbs over the weekend? I picked up a new one, chocolate mint ;o) Should be yummy ;o) Your little girl is coming out so wonderful! All of your children's faces have such feeling in them!!

  3. Sounds delightful, Stacy, ... chocolate mint ... sounds really yummy!

    Thanks Gloria, I am really trying to get this skin tone thing captured!

    I sincerely hope my garden does well, I have used muscles I didn't know I had ... I totally expected my arms, legs, and back to ache ... but I didn't realize there were so many unexercised muscles in my bottom! They hurt more than any other part! Who'd a thought!


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