Sunday, July 28, 2013

Worried girl. . .

She was striving to keep her unnecessary worrying under control.

Today I decided to give myself a challenge - use ONLY Stabilo pencils on a girl.
This makes for a limited palette since they only come in gray, black, red, orange, blue, brown, yellow and green.  I use these pencils a lot since they are water soluble and great for little tweaks on my pictures.
Yellow may not make for an ideal skin tone but once the water and more layers were added she turned out  better than I had anticipated.  Although it was a big temptation to add some highlights with a white pen, I kept only to the 7 pencils and 2 paintbrushes. 
Finished up by collaging her with some old ephemera on a book page.
Linking to Sunday Sketches,

13 comments:

Christine said...

Nice job you did with her!

Missy said...

Oh I like this, great piece!

Lynn Cohen said...

I'd say you succeeded beautifully. Love the old underwear ads too! ;-)

Kimberly Jones said...

She looks great but very concerned!

Fida said...

love this! good job.

alarmcat said...

beautiful face...and great choice for background elements :)

Sandy said...

Hey Michelle, She does look somewhat pensive. And who can blame her. With the news of the world I am sometimes worried too!
I love watching you but I think you know that.
Sandy

Alexandra said...

Amazing job, Michelle. I've tried colored pencils and they never come out as lovely as your artwork. :)

lorik said...

I think she is fantastic! That determined expression! And love the contrast against the ads - great concept. Thank you for your comment and congrats and thank you again for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Yolanda said...

Stellar! The background papers are so perfect!

denthe said...

I love her and I love seeing the process! Great idea to use a background like that, it really adds to the piece.

Renee Dowling said...

An amazing job using the limited palette! I think the girl's expression and the background are very well connected with each other! Well done! I really like seeing your process!

Martha said...

Your drawing is amazing and i love that quirky style :)
it's great to see how such things are drawn step by step.