A mysterious, moody girl adorned in a circle scarf and flower crown.
About the work
This piece began its life as a simple evening sketch. I worked on a it off-and-on over the course of a week – sometimes for an hour, other times just 15 minutes. As I kept adding to it, I saw the potential for it to become a real artwork, so I began to take work on it more seriously. The final version that you see here ended up looking much different than its original sketch. The girl’s expression was much more lighthearted and mischievous at the start. During the week I had worked on it, my personal life felt stressed. Those feelings seemed to have seeped into this drawing. Her expression became much moodier and the toner was overall darker than before. Even though the end result was not my intent, I am still very happy with the product. It is rare for me to use negative feelings in my art, so I feel as if this was a good reminder of the importance of creating from the heart.
While I toyed with using different mediums for this piece in its early stages, I ultimately decided to keep it simple and stick to pencil. I used graphite pencil to sketch, draw, and tone the work. As a finishing touch I used a coloured pencil in Blush Pink to lightly tint the flowers. The drawing was created on 84 lb drawing paper, measuring 5 x 7 inches.