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Little Lady (Pencil) by Jo Holden

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Graphite (2b to 8b) on A3 UPM Digi 190gsm white paper. Done as a favour for a friend. I know the original photograph was a professional shot but I’m unsure who the photographer is.

Winner of Avatar Challenge in “Pencil Drawing” Dec 09. Winner of “Favourite Work of Art” Creative, Talented & Unknown May 2010. Top Ten in “Best Works on Paper” Challenge Nov 09 and “Children – The Power of Raw Emotion” challenge Mar 10. Winner, Fine Arts “Graphite Pencils/Charcoal only” Challenge, June 2011.

Featured in the groups: Graphite Pencil Artists, Art Up Close, Love For Your Children, Fine Arts, Self Taught Artists on Red Bubble and Art at It’s Best. (1596 views, 62 favouritings as at 7 June 2011)


portrait, graphite, child, portraiture, photo realistic, pencil


  • Kez08
    Kez08almost 5 years ago

    Damn this is good.

  • Wow – that was fast! Thanks so much :)

    – Jo Holden

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartalmost 5 years ago

    You’ve outdone yourself this time, Jo!!! This is by far your best posted yet!

  • Thanks Les – you’ve made my day! This one was a huge undertaking. Hopefully her mum will like it.

    – Jo Holden

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartalmost 5 years ago

    I think she will be astounded as I am!!! Lucky lady, lucky girl to have such a memorable and treasured heirloom!!

  • Thanks Les! I’ll keep you posted on her reaction :)

    – Jo Holden

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartalmost 5 years ago

    Please do…if you don’t get a gasp and a huge smile I’ll personally come down there and slap her silly! :)

  • LOL! Thanks Les :)

    – Jo Holden

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadalmost 5 years ago

    fabulous piece.

  • Thanks Dave :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 5 years ago

    stunning drawing! incredibly beautiful too

  • Thanks Marion :)

    – Jo Holden

  • J.D. Bowman
    J.D. Bowmanalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrait Jo!

  • Thank you :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberlealmost 5 years ago

    Sensational Work!

  • Thanks so much for the feature Simon – being featured in this group means a great deal to me :)

    – Jo Holden

  • JimmyJones
    JimmyJonesalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, nice touch…excellent work!

  • Thanks so much Jimmy :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Jan Szymczuk
    Jan Szymczukalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful piece of work, love the wisps of hair effect below the ears, this is really time consuming (I know) and the eyes are great…

  • Thanks so much Jan. I get a good effect using a sharpened hard eraser combined with my kneaded eraser and then I highlight with a pencil to bring out the wispy bits. Takes ages though!

    – Jo Holden

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