A mixed media girl from my art journal


Last month, I bought the A4 Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal in Toned Gray and was eager to give it a test-run. I haven't had much luck with mixed media papers I've tried because in theory, they are supposed to stand up to lots of wet media but in reality, they tend to peel when there's too much water involved. 

Can you tell that I struggled with this mixed media girl? *winks*

I started with a quick sketch and then went in with some watercolours (a mix of Schmincke +Holbein + Daniel Smith). Unfortunately, the paper started to peel once I really go into the wet on wet technique on the girl's face. So I went in with some Faber Castell gelatos to "save her face" and used coloured pencils to render the details.

Check out that pissed-off face on my girl! She's certainly channeling my frustration! 

And can you tell that I don't enjoy drawing ears? The ones I draw always look weird. Hahaha!

I think she will look a lot better once I give her a nice bright background. When I eventually get to it of course. But let's just call her done for now, shall we? *winks*


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You do know that in real life, all ears look weird!?!? HAHAHA!!!!! :) I loveeeeeee this! I was more drawn to the lips, I am loving the look of them!!!!!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how the background changes her look. It's unusual seeing something so plain from you - the color and texture is what makes your work so awesome!

Lisa said...

Nope, sorry, I can't tell that you struggled with her at all!! She's stunning!! Wow!! Like a snapshot!! You are so talented, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Barbara Nelson said...

I too love her lips
I wish I had your talent. I can't draw a straight line. You are blessed to be so gifted!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Ahhh, she looks amazing! Cannot tell you struggled with that paper at all. You are so talented!

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