Here are some progress shots of portraits I've created recently, finding myself drawn back to portrait art more and more. It's funny how life goes, you pull away from things but stronger forces have better ideas and intentions for you ~
I can't help but admit, I really do love to draw people.
I hope you like to see the progress of my portraits and if you would like to make an enquiry or discuss a commission with me, please get in touch via email to me, Karen, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact link on the main heading.
Prices are based on size, content and location and prices start at £150 for 10 x 8 ins.
Thank you ~ Karen
Here are the progress shots of a new portfolio sample. The portrait is A4 (approximately 10 ins x 8.5 ins) on an 11 ins x 16 ins paper, to demonstrate how a commission in this size would look when completed - I allow a generous border around the subject, so that the portrait, whether it is mounted and framed, or framed without a mount, will have a luxurious impact to the walls of your home.
Because of the style I work in, a scan doesn't show the image in a better form than my little camera, so I've only shown here the pictures from the camera, but I hope these give you an idea of how I create a child's portrait.
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I hope to post a framed version very soon, and if you would like to discuss a portrait of your own, feel free to get in touch, without obligation, using the Contact link in the main menu.
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Thank you for your interest ~ Karen
Here are the progress works of a piece not yet titled and undecided on the format ~ I hope to have a scan and better quality image of the completed piece very soon.
Planning and drawing:~
Establishing the colour palette ~ the reference model was as dark brunette but this is loosly based on what I was feeling whilst in progress. I needed some tests and a biopsy, so felt quite drawn to the feeling of falling, trying not to slip and a need for soft, safe, reassuring colours around me.
Not sure it was the best idea to do so much work before creating her face, as it would have had to be rejected if it went wrong, but I think it turned out just right - usually I would add lots of black lashed but this seemed to work much better.
I'm not yet sure if it looks better as a landscape or portrait, so for now I'll show both, along with a detail of the main composition. Prints will be available soon and a proper scan :)
Sleeping Beauty ~ 12 ins by 18 ins ~ colour pencil on cartridge paper - 25 hours
Original is for sale - email for further information
Thank you ~ Karen
11 ins x 16 ins Mixed media on pastel board
Original is for sale ~ Prints available on request
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Based on a photograph by Svetlana Lakusheva | Dreamstime.com
I added willow to increase the theme of the study. I love the meaning and symbolism of the willow tree and used to own a seal mitted ragdoll I named Willow. She was a rescue but poorly and slept on my lap whilst I painted. I'm not allowed pets where I live so I hope to be in a position to have a cat again in the future.
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Thank you ~ Karen
Pictures showing the process for my latest piece entitled "Summer Daze" ~ uplifting, and bringing light and brighter days ahead, this is an A3 (approx. 11.5 x 16 inches) artwork, which I created in two 8.5 hour sessions, and two 2 hour sessions each side over a weekend.
The original artwork is for sale ~ please email for full details. Prints will be available very soon.
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"Summer Daze" ~ A3 mixed media on cartridge paper
Here is much of the progress of my artwork based initially on the story of Ophelia.
All of the images can be viewed larger when clicked on.
I had the idea in my head for a while, because it's based on a personal experience, and one that I am only able to process by creating a piece of art around it.
I started with a quick thumbnail - a lone female, close to a sea or lake, holding some branches or leaves, against a sea or woodland backdrop. At the same time I had seen a few pictures of Ophelia and not knowing the story, I wondered why she was almost always shown in water. The story echoed some of the themes I was looking to create, but my subject didn't go into the water.......
I then looked into other ways artists of the past had created her, and I found these beautiful works by Arthur Hughes - I then looked into the very many symbols shown in the paintings, particularly in the flowers, many of which also fell within the themes I wanted to portray.
I chose to include just the willow for my piece, as it's meaning resonated with the experience I have and to keep the composition as I intended, to be overall quite simple, with most of the focus on the figure and mood.
Some of the reasons why the willow became most significant:~
I worked the thumbnails up, which enabled me to establish more of the details.
For the dress I needed to purchase rights to use reference, and spent quite some time looking at possible dresses, and making mock ups without success. I then found one that I'd saved over a year ago that I couldn't ignore; it was quite perfect and fitted my sketches with just some small adjustments to the upper part.
I also created a piece of prose to accompany the artwork, which I will hand write individually for each purchase of a Limited Edition print run I will make of the artwork.
I originally planned to include a background, but 2 attempts with watercolour paint, each on paper 30 inches in length, and a 3rd which I stretched, went quite wrong, mainly due to little confidence with painting and in creating backgrounds, so after drawing her for a 4th time, I stopped so many challenges within one piece, and was able to complete the work over a weekend.
I'm currently waiting for a better scan, but here is a temporary viewing of the finished piece.
"Thoughts Come Undone"
~ 24 ins x 11 ins ~ art: 15 hours; preliminary work: 23 hours
~ Limited Edition prints coming soon ~
Thank you for visiting my progress page ~ I hope you enjoyed an insight into the progress of this artwork.
I do undertake commissions if you like my style and subject matter and if you'd like to see progress shots of my work as I create the artworks, please visit or Like my Facebook Page, where I create special offers for Page Likes:~
~ Karen ~
The quotation at the bottom of this post was the motivation in finally drawing a lady I have wanted to draw for such a long time, and finding the quote the same week as I delivered a surprise portrait to someone who the quote could relate to, led to me finally attempting it. I'm not convinced that I haven't spoiled the original photograph, taken by Patrick Demarchelier, but it is just a practise piece and here I show the progress.
As for the surprise portrait, I was too shy to present it in person, so posted the portrait through a letterbox, in an empty, locked building...........when shyness outdoes common sense :)
The tiger art I created recently was much easier than the hair, as I'm not experienced in using black, or "negative drawing", where you draw the surround, behind or beside value, rather than the thing itself - such as a hair - but here is a close up of some of the hair detail:
I think the photographer is the ture artist in this case, for achieving such a wonderful portrait with minimal tone, combined with Princess Diana's perfect profile - http://demarchelier.com/fine-art
"However privileged and famous she was, she had time for the most humble people - and made them feel special" Nelson Mandela.
Artwork created for personal practise only and non-commercial use
One of my favourite places near my home city is our beautiful Cathedral, which I never tire of visiting, or looking at, and each time I visit I see ideas for pictures. Here's my process of one I made in September 2013, after finding a small corner of the building and creating the image that came to mind.
Left: my photograph ~ Centre: My drawing ~ Right: Incorporating the two for position and dimensions
Created to A3 size in colour pencil, with September sunshine falling across the rays I was drawing
The finished art and a close up detail
"Hope" ~ A3 Colour pencil ~ original is for sale
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