The Artist or The Subject? by Karen  Hull


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A4 drawing, done with coloured pencils and pan pastels on Matte board.


artist, coloured pencil, hands, karen hull, photorealism, realistic

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

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  • Jo-anne Corteza
    Jo-anne Cortezaabout 4 years ago

    wowww Karen! this is INCREDIBLE! gosh…. you are excellent!

  • Aren’t you lovely Jo-anne – thank you!!! I am thinking of doing some pieces featuring an artist’s hands drawing pieces that challenge the viewer’s perception, and this was just a trial work.

    – Karen Hull

  • Jo-anne Corteza
    Jo-anne Cortezaabout 4 years ago

    a trial work! you’re kidding me Karen lol! a trial turned perfection! I am super impressed of your skills my friend :):):)

  • Thank you Jo-anne – you’re a darling!!! :))

    – Karen Hull

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 4 years ago

    Oh you are so clever Karen! I agree with Jo-anne totally. This is so beautifully painted. Those pan pastels really work for you. The light and shade is incredible. Most impressive work and very gasp-worthy!!!

  • Lynda – you always write the loveliest things!!! Do you use the Pan Pastels much? Also, I picked up some of the the new Colourfix suede last week – have you tried it? It’s not as abrasive as the original paper, but has a funny bubble texture to the surface – I actually think it is better suited to colour pencils than pastels.

    – Karen Hull

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...about 4 years ago

    Brilliant work of art Karen!! It’s so beautiful and rich in detail and colour…….stunning job!!
    Also a very nice variation of my fellow country man M.C. Escher’s work, did you use it as an inspiration?
    Super piece!!

  • Thank you Arie – you are so generous!!! Someone else mentioned M C Escher’s work so I’m going to check it out today – I have heard of him but am not familiar with his works – hopefully I can gain some inspiration from him!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 4 years ago

    Hands are simply wonderous tools,
    mair precious than the maist expensive jewels.
    Noo connect a genius clear minds een,
    beautiful Art creatid’; yiv iver seen.

    That’s ma perception Lass,
    art creatid’ fur luv;.. Furst an’ last.
    Aye fur me thats’ aw a kin say,
    fur luv o’ art yea hiv shown taday.

    The Auld Yin.

  • Your poems are absolute treasures Auld Yin – thank you!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Debra Keirce
    Debra Keirceabout 4 years ago

    I have always loved depicting hands. Yours are absolutely fabulous!!

  • Thank you so much Deb – it would have been much easier to draw my own hands a few years ago, when there weren’t quite so many lines to draw in LOL!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Valentina Gatewood
    Valentina Gate...about 4 years ago

    Wow! Looks so real!!! Amazing work!!

  • Thank you so much Valentina – I always appreciate your comments!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Jo Holden
    Jo Holdenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Karen! I find hands very hard to do but this is amazing! Well done.

  • I’m with you Jo – I usually avoid hands, but because of a few ideas I have that I would like to try, I thought I’d better practise!!! Thank you for your kind comments!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 4 years ago

    Really well done!

  • Thank you heaps Cindy – I appreciate that very much!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 4 years ago

    Amazing work Karen.

  • Thank you so much Joycee!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

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