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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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westernman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again! :D
MorgaineA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way you captured the light is amazing.
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
bleuie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding work :clap: :clap: :clap:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks B-)
whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
absolutely brilliant work!!!!
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - yours as well! B-)
The1Enchantress 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:
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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