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Commisioned Portrait

This one is the rose between the thorns of commisions I’ve done recently. I really enjoyed this one, purely because the photo i was given was of extremely good clarity and character.
The photo always makes the drawing.

This took me about three weeks to do total, but I had to stop halfway through and do a rushed commisioned piece that i didn’t really enjoy all that much. This was a pleasure to come back to!

I personally want to thank my darling Claire for giving me the space required to finish this, a gracious gesture considering we are a very new couple, and are absolutely captivated by each other. Time apart can be agony.

Completed 20th of May, 2009
Graphite mechanical pencils 3H, HB, 2B.
Paper stump and tissues for blending, kneadable eraser for white detail.


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I am a South Australian practising artist specialising in graphite pencils and soft pastels. I take portrait commissions and can be contacted at www.facebook.com/sigh.artist or simonaberle@hotmail.com


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  • Claire Aberlé
    Claire Aberléover 5 years ago

    I am sooooooooooooooooo proud of you! :) Baby, its absolutely beautiful. She’s beautiful. :) Worth every second and more. That hair just blows me away, and the eyes…. ah stuff it, you rock! : ) xxxxxxx

  • Thanks! Do you think I should adjust the contrast and repost it? The forehead looks a little shiny to me…..

    – Simon Aberle

  • Claire Aberlé
    Claire Aberléover 5 years ago

    I’ll have to retype my comment, lol, but you do what you have to, you need to be absolutely happy with this. xxxx

  • Thanks baby. Ok This is the final product. xoxox

    – Simon Aberle

  • clarkey
    clarkeyover 5 years ago

    She’s such a beautiful little girl, you’ve done her proud, Simon. A wonderful portrait.

  • Thanks clarkey!

    – Simon Aberle

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyover 5 years ago

    You commented on the piece “This one is the rose between the thorns of commisions I’ve done recently”. How perfectly said! And what a rose. Beyond its flawless execution, the expression is so genuine, authentic, as yet made less so by experiences which accrue as the years pass, this beautiful capture memorializes the innocence and beauty of children, which goes so far in mitigating the harsher, often cynical awareness of life which is not always fair, or honest, or beautiful. Bravo Simon!

  • Thanks so much for the extensive comments my friend. You are right, she does manifest the tyical innocence of a child, yet there is something in her eyes that is unnerving, like she is far wiser than most adults. I have never personally met this girl, but her face gives a clear indication of her character.

    – Simon Aberle

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Simon….really exquisite!

  • Thanks Karen :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Tracey-Anne Pryke
    Tracey-Anne Prykeover 5 years ago


  • Cheers Tracey

    – Simon Aberle

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartover 5 years ago

    Well done, sir

  • Thanks so much Les!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Rahul Kapoor
    Rahul Kapoorover 5 years ago

    Absolutely wonder ful work!!

  • Thanks mate!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning work, Simon!!

  • Thank you Wendi!

    – Simon Aberle

  • David J. Vanderpool
    David J. Vande...over 5 years ago

    Well done my friend!!!!

    Okay tell me.. how do you get the blond hair to stand out so strong up against the dark background? What type of an eraser? Ever use an electric eraser?

  • As I stated in my description, I used a kneadable eraser.
    The strands of hair at the side of her head were not erased however, those parts were painstakingly avoided as i did the black around them. I then added a bit of 3H to them to enhance the curls.
    Thanks David for your support, as always :)

    – Simon Aberle

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