Pink For Purity by Tahnja


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Pencils: Different grades of graphite, charcoal, coloured.

The 3rd in my ‘Jaymi in Pink’ series. Jaymi’s eyes are the most amazing pools of depth, beauty, innocence and light I have ever seen. In this portrait I feel I was able to capture those stunning eyes of hers the best to date out of all the portraits I have rendered of her.

My dear friend and artist Katerina Koukiotis uses charcoal pencil in many of her pencil artworks. I wanted to try using this. The result is so stunning! I used the charcoal in the eyes, eyelashes, dress, dark shadows in the hair, strands of hair, eyebrows and in the background. It makes the whole image really bounce off the page and grab your attention.

This is a medium, I have to admit, I have really fallen in love with. I love colour and so for me, adding those splashes of colour in select places is a must for me. I need to see colour somewhere! lol. I really adore the results I am achieving.


Reference photo taken by Jaymi


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  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyabout 4 years ago

    love the eyes,they say it all!!!

  • Hey there Kevin! Yes indeed, her eyes continue to inspire and captivate me no end!

    Thank you so much dear friend

    – Tahnja

  • Errazi-Jalal
    Errazi-Jalalabout 4 years ago

    As usual Tahnja, superb work !

  • Awww thanks so much Jalal! My daughter is such an inspiration to me….I could paint and draw her face for an eternity

    – Tahnja

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 4 years ago

    Wow-these eyes are beautiful great job Tahnja.

  • They are mesmerizing heh? I just love rendering her in any medium, she always stands out and makes the best model!

    Thank you so much Renate!

    – Tahnja

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Wonderful and what great eyes.

  • Thank you so much lovely lady…..she is indeed a stunner!

    – Tahnja

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    Your welcome Tahnja

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaabout 4 years ago

    oh, this is a beautiful work and a new style of you. Blue eyes are splendid. Very good job , Tahnja.

  • Thank you Hidemi. I’m also trying to master another medium, pencils. I’m really, really enjoying this at the moment. Her eyes really are breathtaking

    – Tahnja

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 4 years ago

    So wonderful- what a great series. Its perfect and the intensity in the eyes is just beautiful. Congrats to you & your lovely girl xx

  • Thank you so much Anita….learning to master pencil has become a challenge for me that I am enjoying. Her eyes are so stunning that I had to do this portrait. I also am enjoying doing works in a series. Jaymi has so many great images in a series that I want to capture a lot of them :o)

    – Tahnja

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    wonderful work! I think there is group called The eyes have it- these certainly do!

  • Hi Leslie, wonderful to meet you. Her eyes certainly do have it my friend….God bless you

    – Tahnja

  • EllEssDee
    EllEssDeeabout 4 years ago

    Great picture and as you say the splashes of colour lift and transform the image.Works so well for you nut am sticking to b/w for my own work,not so sure it’d work so well on me animals lol !! Lee.

  • EllEssDee
    EllEssDeeabout 4 years ago

    ooops typo !! Should say ‘but’ rather than ‘nut’.

  • lol lol oh but I am a nut! great typo Lee…ahahaha…..anyways…..for portraits of people I have to say that I really love this style and also I’m now hooked on using the charcoal pencil to achieve those fabulous dark areas and for eyelashes…it just looks so good!

    Any lion or tiger would look awesome with coloured eyes dont’ you think? Just an idea….your work is beautiful as it is my friend, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Thank you for such a great comment….you would know how apprehensive one can get when waiting for the response of others….:o)

    – Tahnja

  • Oh and I was going to say that it mightn’t look like it but there are a lot of layers of pencil in Jaymi’s face. It took quite some time to make her face look like it had shape and form because the flash leveled her skin out as you can see it the photo. I ended up adding slightly darker shadow areas around the cheeks and nose to create more depth and shape. That’s what makes me get excited about art. I love that I’ve now learned how to correct things that I don’t like about a reference photo such as stronger light and shadow where a flash has flattened contours and such.

    Sorry, in one of those modes where I’m so happy to talk art and what I’ve learned from these different studies. I’m grateful I have a fabulous art mentor who is so patient and so wonderful to learn from!

    – Tahnja

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