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Almost a Teenager (Pencil) by Jo Holden

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Almost a Teenager (Pencil) by 

Graphite (3b, 6b & 7b) on UPM Digi White 190gsm Paper.

Featured in “Real Life Artwork” and “Art at It’s Best” June 2010, 416 views as at 23 Nov 2010.

Winner – 2nd Prize, Samford Shire Show, July 2010


  • Peter Shanahan
    Peter Shanahanover 4 years ago

    This picture/girl is so beutiful. Well done! you have captured something very special here! Of cause your other works, and subjects too! are just as Grand. As this one caught my eye first, I just had to leave a comment….

  • Thanks so much Peter :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Karen  Hull
    Karen Hullover 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous Jo and your step-daughter is such a pretty girl. She must be thrilled to bits – fantastic work.

  • Thanks so much Karen. Mia hasn’t seen it yet – but she is my biggest critic (blame it on the innocence of childhood!) so I’m interested in her opinion.

    – Jo Holden

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760over 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Art At Its Best!

  • Thanks so much Colin – much appreciated :)

    – Jo Holden

  • waynea3
    waynea3over 4 years ago

    You are so talented: this is superb!

  • Thanks Wayne :)

    – Jo Holden

  • J.D. Bowman
    J.D. Bowmanover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness Jo, this is beautiful! You are such a great artist!

  • Thanks so much John :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    a beautifully taken shot, well done,dawnx

  • Thanks Dawn :)

    – Jo Holden

  • Sherry Freeman
    Sherry Freemanover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Sherry :)

    – Jo Holden

  • jojophine4
    jojophine4over 4 years ago

    Wow, that’s fantastically real, how do you get your pencil work so smooth

    Wow, fantastically real. her skin is so smooth and her eyes sparkle. Excellent portraiture:-)

  • Thanks Joanne. The skin consists of lots of layers of graphite heavily blended with a cotton makeup pad and then I use a kneadable eraser to gently highlight areas. I also use a sharp wedge eraser to get all the fine highlights like teeth and inside the eyes :)

    – Jo Holden

    HAMISH CUMINGover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Hamish :)

    – Jo Holden

  • KelvinOkafor
    KelvinOkaforover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Such soft delicate tones :)

  • Thanks so much Kelvin :)

    – Jo Holden

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