COCOSKIES | An art blog: Les yeux

25.8.12

Les yeux



Corrugated cardboard, pencil crayons and Sharpie poster-paint pen.
Call me weird, but I love drawing on brown card/paper. Everytime I buy something from Amazon, I save (/hoard) the packaging purely for this purpose. I think brown card is really good for skin tones in particular. But maybe I'll refrain from using corrugated cardboard next time, because I've actually punctured a tiny hole in the drawing. See if you can spot it! I have a brown paper sketchbook so I'll probably use that next time.

As much as I love using bright watercolours, it was nice to take a break from them and try something new and slightly more muted. I really like how the eyes have turned out in this. To add a sheen of moisture I've just added a tiny bit of Sharpie poster-paint pen on each iris. It's made so much difference.

I've ordered some new pencil crayons, so hopefully I'll be doing more like this in the future. The reference I used was an Asos model. I really hope you like this one, even though it's a bit different from my regular stuff.

18 comments :

  1. This is amazing! The eyes look so real!

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  2. Colored paper is great especially because you can make more abrupt lighting effects since white stands out so nicely. I love it. I tried looking for the hole but couldn't spot it, lol.

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  3. I love drawing on brown/coloured paper too, love the eyes!
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  4. the eyes look so incredibly realistic, great job!

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  5. LOVE THIS! I once found a brown paper sketchbook?! I really like off-white paper... I really love the glossiness in the eyes and lips.

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  6. Philippa this is seriously amazing. The eyes and lips look so life like! X

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  7. I thought this was an actual real like photograph in the thumbnail, you are insanely talented! Looks stunning, especially liking the pupils in the eye and the lips. I've been thinking of ordering some coloured pencils, I can't remember the brand but they're rather expensive, they sell skin toned ones for £20ish which I would be really interested in though - I'd like to create some more softer work as water colour is hard to control at times, not sure if you find this too? Pencils are my safe zone with art, but I'd love to be able to create realistic water colour portraits! Perhaps a goal for this year!

    Cannot wait to see more of your work, you have given me ideas for use my amazon brown card now...

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  8. I have a thing for brown card and paper too, but not for any productive reason like you have haha. This one is so gorgeous! Especially the eyes and lips, they actually look real!

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  9. wow this is lovely!! i love the texture the cardboard offers to the piece

    -Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  10. Awww thank you Katie! I love reading your comments. Was it prismacolors? Those are the ones I've ordered! They're expensive - for pencil crayons - but I've heard so many good things about them. Plus, like you said, they have better skin tone colours. Right now I'm sort of limited, I only have one small peach coloured pencil, a white and some browns for skin. I'll let you know what they're like when they eventually arrive :). Maybe you could try watercolours with coloured pencil over the top? I don't know why I'm saying this though, because your art looks so realistic anyway!


    xxx

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  11. Definitely, you just can't get an effect on white paper!


    The hole is just under the right eye ;)


    xxx

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  12. Me too! yeah they're great for bringing out light and stuff :) xxx

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  13. Thank you!! Ahhhh glad I'm not the only one. Maybe I like it because it reminds me of brown parcel paper and I love parcels. Hahaha. I don't know. xxx

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  14. I'm the same way

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