Heartbreak by Karen  Hull

A4 artwork, done with coloured pencils on Pastelmat Paper.

This little fellow is my nephew Jack and the source of his hearbreak? His favourite ride on car had got stuck under the fence. His Mum, struggling to disguise her mirth, managed to capture the look of utter despair at his predicament.

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

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  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 3 years ago

    Excellent Karen….!!

  • Thank you so much Ellen!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaabout 3 years ago

    Simply breath-taking.

  • Thank you Michele – that means so much from a wonderful artist like yourself!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 3 years ago

    I saw this in my feed and truly thought that it was a photo! Quite amazing what you are achieving with that pastel mat

  • Thank you Dianne – this portrait took absolutely AGES, so I’m going to try solvents with the pencils next time to speed up the process a bit, and I definitely wouldn’t work on this very dark back ground again.

    – Karen Hull

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 3 years ago

    Awww. poor little guy. Someone should have been comforting him and wiping away his tears. Your artwork is amazing, Karen.

  • Don’t worry Marjorie – his Mum is the very best of mothers and Jack is a much loved, very secure little boy. As soon as his Mum grabbed this snap shot, he would have been smothered in cuddles and kisses and full of smile again :))

    – Karen Hull

  • Carrie Jackson
    Carrie Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    Absolutely perfect! The details you included are stunning, look at that saliva!!! Wow! Beautiful portrait!!!

  • Thank you so much Carrie for your very generous comments – I love adding those little details – they make all the difference :)

    – Karen Hull

  • afalconv
    afalconvabout 3 years ago

    That’s a difficult expression to portrait, very well done!

  • Thank you Abraham – I was so grateful to have access to the reference photo for this piece – usually everyone only wants to see happy snaps of their children, and it’s nice to draw some real emotion for a change :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuserabout 3 years ago

    Wow Karen this is just fantastic, every little detail is perfect.When I first saw this I thought it was a photograph.I hope he was happy after problem was solved.?

  • He is the most placid, happy, beautiful child, but his cars, especially his ride on car mean the world to him, so I guess in his eyes, his little world was crumbling. 5 minutes later he would have been beaming and happily driving around the backyard!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    oh wow..what a fab portrait Karen!..poor little Jack looks so upset but I am sure the tears did not last long….

  • Naah Linda – as soon as his car was retrieved, he would have been all smiles again – thank you heaps!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendabout 3 years ago

    Aww bless, beautiful work Karen :)

  • Thank you so much Karen!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...about 3 years ago

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
    ˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…just sprinkling a little Love on your page. ~♥~˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღWonderful capture Nice clarity and detail nice focus and framing Wonderful colour Nicely done and presented hugs.Hello Jack aw i hope your little car got out ok sweet little handsome one you are precious you are and i hope to see you with a smile with the little car aw hugs.Nice to meet you Jack bye for now hugs.precious

  • Well I can’t take credit for the capture Rapture, as the reference photo was taken by my sister in law, but thank you for all your kind words anyway!!! :)

    – Karen Hull

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