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Monday, January 17, 2011

I Finished Her!

Finally! I finished the drawing I've been working on for several days. I showed some sneak peeks of her back on the 9th and the 13th. It was slow going because of all the detail. I first did it all in pencil and then went over it with Micron pens. Because my hand kept going numb I could only work on it for a few minutes at a time. I'm not 100% happy with her but at this point I think I've done my best....


(remember that all photos are clickable to view larger)

The picture above is fairly close to the correct color. I did this in the over-sized journal that I won from Lark Books and the paper on this page is a soft golden brown color.



The background color is washed out on the picture above but you can see the details better in this picture. I'm not sure why there's a blueish color on her eyes. I did all the shading with a graphite pencil.



And above you can see a close-up of her face. I'm not thrilled with the shading but then that's always been one of my weak points.

Sadly the problem with my hand is going to be a challenge since I LOVE to do very detailed things like this.

I think I'll give my hand a rest for a couple of days. Maybe I'll just do some collage or something that isn't too detailed.

28 comments:

  1. OMG this is fantastic janet- I think your art just hit a new level! its so lovely and intricate! you must have a lot of patience! wow! This was WORTH the wait!!

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  2. Beautiful Janet -you are back in the groove like you were before you had your little muse holiday.
    I think she is tops.

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  3. I agree with winterwood..the hair is amazing...so much depth and detail...it pops off the page...the shading is good too... wow love love love that hair-do...you never cease to amaze me!

    Hugs Giggles

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  4. Janet, she's georgous! I love all the detail...no wonder your hand got knumb. I like the shading. Your circle journal spread below is superb! I love that little birdie and all the cirlces!!!
    Mary

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  5. So, SO beautiful.

    I love the detail work too and I am having the same issue with my hand. It happens whenever I do anything repetitive ... even painting can can bother it.

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  6. She looks terrific, Janet. The blue might be an accident of photography but it's a happy accident.

    Also, I like your new blog look. Changing it up is so much fun.

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  7. I know you don't like doing hair usually - but hers is AMAZING I love love love it

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  8. Splendid Detail Work! Yes take a break you deserved it after all you had put into this wonderful work of art! I Love your Banner!

    I used to have problems with my hands going numb when I used to keyboard so much many years back which also prevented me from my art, I hope you will give yourself a good rest, or at least take many breaks from your art work.

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  9. Janet, I could hardly wait to tell you that I am almost well. This piece is amazing. I couldn't take my eyes of her. I have missed you. The detailing is wonderful, it looks like hours of work.
    I do not have a project right now, but you know me, I will.
    Hugs, Mary

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  10. the hair is amazing Janet, no wonder you hand kept going numb.. and the blue 'eyeshadow'... why did this happen - just because :)

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  11. Puting her in this journal was a good choice, the paper color really suits her style.
    I clicked on it so I could see the detail. To me one of the most interesting things about this type of art is you just follow your own free style, it is a GREAT piece.

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  12. Janet this is just gorgeous. I love all the detail and I think I can say that is is my all time favorite of yours. I hope your hand heals so you can continue with this type of work. The shading is perfect!

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  13. Where is the "favorite" button? I ♥ this so much.

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  14. this is wonderful, janet!!!

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  15. Janet, this is wonderful. I love all that intricate detail. What patience you have. I think your shading looks good too. Give your hand a rest..tell HB you need a nice therapeutic hand massage.

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  16. Janet, this is just beautiful! You have done a nice job with the shading. The details are wonderful.
    Your blog looks charming. I love the new look.
    Rest your hand and have fun.
    Hugs,
    Janet

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  17. Janet,

    This is so you, so your style, she really is quite incredible. You should congratulate yourself.

    Kate

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  18. She is beautiful! The hair is just so amazing. Well done.

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  19. She is absolutely stunning Janet! I love all the details. Definitely worth all the time you put into it.
    Hugs,
    Sophie

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  20. I just love her and I love coming by here to see all your ladies. You inspire me to do more with my doodles!
    Lee:)

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  21. Fabulous Janet!!!!
    Just gorgeous!
    Love her and all the intricate detail!!!

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  22. The detail is simply beautiful and I love the gradation of color. Really, every single post -- wow. I don't know if I have the patience to do that but boy, do I admire you for your creativity and detail!

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  23. Love this so much. the detail is amazing. You have the patience of a saint. Do you have arthritis in your hand? I do and it really hurts some days. The numbness sounds familiar-that's why I ask. They make fingerless gloves for carpal tunnel and they help a lot with this problem.

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  24. Amazing and beautiful!
    you will have to "Pace" yourself! my hands get tired from stitching and knitting....but collage is a great alternative outlet for our creativity!

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  25. Janet, she's fantastic! I especially love the intricate details of the hair.

    I've been experiencing a lot of pain in my hands, particularly the right, and it also goes numb on me a fair bit. I need to get it checked out by a doctor but, for now, I'm thinking it may be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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  26. wow this is amazing!!!! Lovely :)

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  27. She is so regal! What an intricate design! Janet at her best.... absolutely love it!

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