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An Irish Lass in Summer by cheetahspirit An Irish Lass in Summer by cheetahspirit
My 2nd portrait of Kathleen. This one took me more time than most of my previous pieces, but I liked working in this size. One of my challenges with this one was getting the light on the bark of the tree so that it kept its round shape, while still being out of focus so as not to take away from the subject. Her eyes are very close to their natural color but exaggerated for effect - and her hair really seemed to be on fire in the bright sunlight. The little blade of grass is there to hint at the feeling of summer. This was my first piece to be accepted into an International Exhibition - for the 17th Annual CPSA Exhibition in Atlanta, GA!

Prismacolor pencils on smooth bristol. 20.5"w x 16.5"h. Photo by Eric Law.

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:iconwesternman:
westernman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
BEAUTIFUL work!
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again! :D
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MorgaineA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way you captured the light is amazing.
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconbleuie:
bleuie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding work :clap: :clap: :clap:
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks B-)
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
absolutely brilliant work!!!!
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - yours as well! B-)
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely astonishingly breathtaking. :faint: Wow....I will be studying your gallery for a while. How do you get such smoothly blended skin? :confused: --if you don't mind me asking (trying to learn). :roll: I can't figure out how to do it on a large scale like this so that it doesn't look "colored" and over-layered. :XD: It's driving me nuts. :giggle: But anyway...

Your renderings are just superb. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful works with the world; they're all so inspiring and extremely educational. :heart:
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've found that skin is the most difficult thing to draw in CP. My trick is to blend, blend, blend! I start with a base layer and make it as solid and smooth as I can. Then I add layer upon layer, sometimes ending with a light color using almost no pressure (adding a light color on top of a dark color can add a lot of realism with little effort). I change the direction of my lines with each layer, and sometimes must make individual lines to "fill in" small gaps and make it smooth. The paper you use can drastically affect how many layers you can get - on the papers I use, there is almost no limit to the amount of color it will accept. Hope this helps! B-)
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I apologize for this grotesquely late reply but indeed, what you've said does help and will something that I'll apply to my current project. In fact, I'm going to save your comment so I can refer back to it later. ;) Thanks so much!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. Glad to hear that. B-)
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strainstrain Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I love this one. Excellent coloring:thumbsup:
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again!
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barnburner1946 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Beautiful job!
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! B-)
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barnburner1946 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Most Welcome!
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iamonlyme Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
This is absolutely breathtaking!
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :dance:
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:iconkasjnak:
kasjnak Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Wish I could fave it over and over again... this is simply beautiful :love:
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow - I am glad you like it that much! :woohoo:
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:iconkasjnak:
kasjnak Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Yup, I do :D. You've got some amazing skills and I'm sure you have a lot of patience too :). Have a nice day ;P
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cakecontessa Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Red head stunning! Great tree bark, too.
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! =)
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work....and I found the hearts
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Seaff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Wow, your skills with coloured pencils are amazing!
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Loyane Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
:omfg: it seems like a photo!!! Wow!!! Amazing :O
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks a lot!
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wiegand90 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hair and the eyes are amazing!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!!
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QueenRikku Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG its beautiful espespecially the eyes and hair
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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x-elle-x92 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is such a gorgeous portrait, I would love love love to be able to use coloured pencils with such skill- how long did it take you to perfect and lol how large a range of pencils does it require to be able to draw portraits like this? Really amazing..
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Those are very good questions - that drawing probably took me about 80 hours, my technique took about 20 years to "perfect" with much experimenting with many different mediums along the way. I have a set of 120 pencils, plus backups, along with some new ones that I've recently discovered - a piece generally requires about 30 of those...
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x-elle-x92 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Well that's 20 years VERY well spent, and that's a lot of pencils, but seeing the results I am very tempted to give it a go myself... hmm to find money...
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
If you order them online, you can get a large set of pencils for less than $1 each. But you might have to save up. You can also get a set of 24 portrait colors, which is very cool if you are doing portraits. Either way, well worth the investment!
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x-elle-x92 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh thankyou for that, I think I will get some portrait ones, to get me started, be sure I have the correct range and stuff :D
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VoyeuristicIntent Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Absolutely gorgeous! Please let this be a series!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ineresting that you say that - I missed getting photos of her in winter, and now it is going on summer, and I didn't take photos in spring either - but I have some from the last photo shoot that are equally beautiful, though technically they were taken in the summer!! I might just make a white lie and draw one of those for "spring"...
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VoyeuristicIntent Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
as long as you are depicting spring, i dont think its lying...go for it!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It is hard to tell those two seasons apart by the foliage in the background, so I probably will!
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Solarissis Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
I totally love how you captured the highlights in the hair, i am currently working on a self-portrait and i also have red hair, and i've been looking at art to see how i can make it look reaslistic, omg i am so inspired right now. Anyways I love it!!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am always so glad to hear that I've inspired someone! Thanks! I don't know if you use Prismacolors, but I can tell you that I used a lot of Terra Cotta, Burnt Sienna, Sienna Brown, and Pumpkin Orange, and added other oranges and reds on top of those as well.
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Mulan209 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your coloring technique are so beautifully well done. It looks so much like a photo.....amazing. :)
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! I want them to look like they may come to life... :bow:
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Wuppel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Gorgeous drawing!:) The colors are so intense!
Which colour pencils have you used, if I may ask?
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
So far, I've only used Prismacolor pencils, and a couple special pencils I am really in love with which are called Stabilo. They may be oil based, I'm not sure, but I'm able to get extremely dark black and super bright white with them.
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rasberry6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is amazing i think this is my fav of yours.. the eyes are so wonderful and the picture really is just mesmerising! you are quite the talent!
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