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8×10 inch artwork of a beautiful Burmese kitten, done with coloured pencils on matte board. This artwork will be the subject of a cat portrait step by step tutorial for the Fine Arts and Decorative Painting magazine and will be published in 3-4 months. Reference photo was a gorgeous photo of a little cat called Fry taken by Kaibara87 (flickr creative commons), and was used with his kind permission.


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Full time artist and illustrator, specialising in realistic images in a range of mediums, but particularly favouring coloured pencils.

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  • eMalec
    eMalecabout 4 years ago

    congratulations, dear Karen.It’s an incredible art piece.

  • Thank you so much Elena – that means a lot!!! xx

    – Karen Hull

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Oh this is so awesome…….love it and the eyes are just so gorgeous !!

  • Thank you so much Sean – the eyes were so stunning in the reference photo, and I thought they would be perfect to try to draw for this tutorial.

    – Karen Hull

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadabout 4 years ago

    excellant ,eyes and fur fantastic.

  • Thank you heaps Dave – much appreciated!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Karen…………….beautiful, maybe I should try coloured pencils one day, I think it looks more realistic than water colour
    Gr Heidi

  • I love watercolours Heidi, but have never really mastered them – I think it depends on your individual style and what you are trying to achieve. I love the convenience and versatility of pencils but wish I could master watercolours too – I love their transparency!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • artbyakiko
    artbyakikoabout 4 years ago

    Stunning portrait, Karen! I love those eyes!

  • We both love doing eyes Akiko and you do them so well – thank you for your wonderful comments!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Paulina Kazarinov
    Paulina Kazarinovabout 4 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • Thank you so much Paulina!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtabout 4 years ago

    wow wonderful as usual :)

  • Thank you so much again for stopping by and for your lovely feedback!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Jo Holden
    Jo Holdenabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Karen. I love the coloured illustration board – it gives it a very warm feel.

  • I really enjoyed working on the matte board for something different Jo and would like to try a portrait on it next – thank you for your thoughtful comment!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    wonderful work Karen…such detail. :-) can you give me a reminder when the magazine is out …a bit of way off I know but I will try and remember myself..thanks

  • No worries Linda – My first tutorial came out last week and is now available in newsagents and then I have a tutorial coming out every month now until they tell me they’re sick of me.

    – Karen Hull

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!!!!

  • Thank you so much Lorilee!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

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