Art or Real - The Money Box by Karen  Hull

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8×11 inch artwork done with coloured pencils on drafting film.
(None of this image is a photo – it has all been hand drawn, but in such a way to leave the viewer wondering if it is partially a photo.)

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

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  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 4 years ago

    Noo this is a timepiece fur us tae see the time,
    an’ here is a few wurds pit tae rhyme.
    sic wunnerful skills we see in place,
    an’ wurds frae me at a tremendous pace.

    Dun wae coloured pencils oan drafting filum,
    wan mair paintin’ an mair tae cum.
    canny wait fur the nixt tae see,
    a wunner oh a wunner whin that wull be.

    sae frae me Karen oan this fine day,
    ta a fur this paintin’ oan this friday.
    See ya soon ma Bonny Karen Lass,
    yea a’ways dae things wae a lote o’ class.
    The Auld Yin.

  • Thank you so much Auld Yin – you’re a genius as always!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganabout 4 years ago

    Karen, you have surpassed yourself with this one!!! The detail and textures are immaculate! Great work! :)

  • Thank you so much laura – this one took four days to complete – which is a long time for me to work on one artwork, but it was fun!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • bryanhibleart
    bryanhibleartabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant. I love illusions and trompe l’oeil in art so this caught my eye. Beautifully done Karen! :)

  • So do I Bryan, but as you can see, I still have a way to go perfecting it – but it is a theme I would love to play with more. Thank you for your lovely comments!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

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

    Wonderfully done Karen, great imagination you have! And very 3D, I love that.

  • Thank you so much Arie – I’m so glad you enjoyed this one – I’d like to do some more of this type of art :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightabout 4 years ago

    Clever photo manipulation, Karen. Makes a really imaginative art work.

  • Thank you so much Colin for your lovely comments – although this isn’t actually a photo manipulation – I did use several reference photos to draw this image, but it is all hand drawn.

    – Karen Hull

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 4 years ago

    Grand, imaginative work Karen. From a story that we all grew up with. Excellent work.

  • Thank you so much Jim, although I can’t take credit for the imaginitive part – this is my money box – I collect old tins, and this is one of my favourites!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 4 years ago


    Reading the comment from Jim I just thought to show you my money box. Made by a friend many many years ago. Just yesterday I emptied out my money box where I deposit all my odd gold 1 dollar and 2 dollar coins any time I empty my pockets. We use the contents to fatten our holiday monies. As we are going off to the Brisbane area for a week starting on the 7th of August the resulting $412 .00 will come in handy.:)
    The Auld Yin.

  • It’s gorgeous Auld Yin – is it carved out of wood? I do hope you have a wonderful trip to Brisbane – that $400 will come in handy I’m sure!!! – sadly my money box is empty, as our coins get used up as quickly as they arrive LOL!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 4 years ago

    The creative part I was referring to was painting the hands painting the tin. I’m sticking to my original comment, LOL.

  • LOL Jim – thank you :)))

    – Karen Hull

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 4 years ago

    Yes it is made of wood Karen and this beautiful memoried creation could also be interpreted from an’ auld tail.

    The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a tin soldier and his love for a paper ballerina. After several adventures, the tin soldier perishes in a fire with the ballerina. The tale was first published in Copenhagen, Denmark by C. A. Reitzel on 2 October 1838 in the first booklet of Fairy Tales Told for Children. New Collection. with Andersen’s “The Daisy” and “The Wild Swans”. The tale was Andersen’s first not based upon a folk tale or a literary model. “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” has been adapted to various media including ballet and animated film.

    Although made in wood this is the Idea behind this most loved money box I would like to believe.
    In Memory of James its creator, who died this week not quite 60 years young. Lest I forget.
    The Auld Yin.

  • Oh how sad Auld Yin – I was reading your lovely message with a big smile on my face and then got to the end and went cold. I’m sure he would be looking down and smiling as you remember him through his creativity – my thoughts are with you both!!! :(

    – Karen Hull

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 4 years ago

    No need to be sad Bonny Lass,we have nothing but good memories and his soldier to remember him by.
    The Auld Yin.

  • Well, my thoughts and prayers are with him still – I hope he had a full and happy life :)

    – Karen Hull

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