Tribal I - Warrior by Lynsye Medalia

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Original is Prisma Colored Pencil on 8.5×11 bright white printing paper

My entry for the challenge in the Bubblers Portraits Group We were asked to use one of Jessica Walker’s self portraits. I chose to use Tribal The colors in her makeup are just awesome and I love to draw and paint with colors. I’m not as pleased with this as I wanted to be, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done any portrait work. It was nice to do this! Thanks Jessica, for letting us use your photos!

Photo Copyright Jessica Walker


  • Lynette K.
    Lynette K.about 5 years ago

    Ohhhh this is wonderful Lynsye! The colours are great and love how you captured her eyes.

  • Thanks! I love using bright colors and I had forgotten how much I enjoy doing eyes! This was a lot of fun & made me remember some skills I had forgotten about.

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 5 years ago

    I think you did a fantastic job! You nailed her eyes, and the color you achieved is so vibrant!! I want to see more portraits and colored pencils too (sorry to be so demanding).

  • LOL Crack that whip why don’t you!? :) I am DEFINITELY going to be doing more work like this! I started out doing black and white pencil drawings then moved to colored pencils then got addicted to paint and left everything else in the dust. Doing this reminded me how much I enjoy this type of work. I am so glad you like it! The eyes are my favorite part.

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • PorcelainPoet
    PorcelainPoetabout 5 years ago

    Wow this is perfect! I love that you used the same colors as the ones in my photo. ;) And the added earring.

  • YAY! So glad you like it! I was going to do the FaerieWorlds pic, but the colros in this one really grabbed me. I LOVE bright vivid colors and I just HAD to try to recreate the ones you used in your makeup. I did just a little bit of my own thing…glad you like the tiny earring! :)

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsabout 5 years ago

    Wow Lynsye…………Wonderful Work……….xxx

  • Thanks Doreen! :)

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Spectacular Lynsye- I love this photo and how you’ve interpreted it- the eyes are so captivating, beautiful colours too xxx

  • Thanks Anita! It was so much fun to do this piece! I am so excited about this group now! LOL I worked the hardest on the eyes…glad to hear they have translated well.

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • LTScribble
    LTScribbleabout 5 years ago

    i think u did a wonderful job the colors are spectacular :0)

  • Thanks so much! Colors are one of my favorite parts of a piece of art! :)

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • aglaia b
    aglaia babout 5 years ago

    wow, that’s so beautiful lynsye. ;-) xox

  • Thanks Aglaia! :) xoxo

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 5 years ago

    gorgeous drawing lynsye… so well done… : )

  • Awww, thanks so much Mimi! :) It was fun to do….I had forgotten how much I love colored pencils and portraiture!

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • S .
    S .about 5 years ago

    awesome work

  • Thanks! xoxo

    – Lynsye Medalia

  • natayo
    natayoabout 5 years ago

    wonderful portrait- love the choice of yellow- very gripping in its directness- red, yellow and black- if memory serves very symbolic- really a wonderful portrait-

  • Yes, very symbolic indeed! Different meanings for different cultures too. Overall a symbol of passion and hope. Gotta’ thank the original photog for capturing such a lovely image. Very glad you enjoy it!

    – Lynsye Medalia

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