Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Beach Scene -WIP - Day 11

Today we needed to drop off Danny Boy at the vets for his semi-annual wellness checkup and needed vaccines ... plus major nail clipping.  So we took advantage and did a bit of shopping ... couple thrift stores, topped off with a visit to the grocery store. 

By the time we got back to the house I had about an hour before we needed to pickup up DB so I did a bit more work on the little girl's face and began working on her hair.  With her hair I put in the shadows and highlights using various browns for the shadows and beige and goldenrod for the highlights.  After that was complete I used dark brown and a light brown ink fine tip illustrations pens to detail the strands of hair. 

Tomorrow I will touch up different parts of the illustration and, hopefully, this colored pencil painting will be completed!

Happy day everyone!
Karen Anne


  1. It looks incredible Karen Anne. I'm amazed by your talent and patience. Makes me want to get out my coloured pencils.
    Stay inspired!

  2. Wow, thank you for that wonderful compliment Michelle!

    I don't know that I am all that patient, but I have noticed that if I act as if each little section is its own mini picture, I seem to do OK. Then at the end, tie it all together with additional shadowing and correction of minor things.

    Example: the brown driftwood in the background is too close to her hair color, so tomorrow I will be adding more grays to the the pieces that are brown so that those pieces won't conflict with her hair color.

    You should get out your colour pencils, Michelle, they are a very forgiving medium. Maybe begin with a small ACEO size and start practicing layering of different colors ... they are really a lot of fun!

  3. Hmmmm, I kind of like the brown driftwood in the back as it points to her face (composition-ally). You could lighten it, but I wouldn't change the color. Just my thoughts on it.

  4. Hi Lise, You know what? You, I think, are right on the mark! Later tonight I darkened it ... doesn't look right ... tomorrow I will be trying to lighten it with the help of my trust X-Acto Knife blade ... please, wish me luck!

    And thank you, Lise, for your honest response! I really appreciate this type of feedback ....

    Big hugs to you!

  5. I really like the beach scene you've completed! Going to the shore off season was always a treat. I can feel the sand on her shoes and jeans. TYFS!

  6. (Sharp intake of breath...) It is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Gloria and Debbie ... I am so happy to have your seals of approval!

  8. It's just amazing what you do with colored pencils. Sounds like a buy day for you. Thanks for sharing.

    Happiness to all.

  9. It definitely was a "Buy" Day ArtSings!

    I must say, I am developing a certain love for working with colored pencils. The more I do the more I learn, and the more comfortable I become with this media.

  10. Hi Karen Anne ;o) Sorry, I am behind in blog land!!! This little girl is priceless! Every detail you have put into this is amazing!! I agree with Debbie, absolutely gorgeous! A+++

  11. Well thank you very much Stacy! I am so happy that so many like it ... now I have to look around for my next subject....


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