My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lesson 29 - Tahitian Girl - Finished!

Contest Ends April 30th at midnight!

The Tahitian Girl drawing is finally finished! (I’ve already turned it in to have prints made, but you can see the final steps and the finished drawing below.)

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Now, onto the finishing touches and the finished drawing . . .

I'm on cloud nine! (Or nineteen is more like it.) I finished last night. I worked through the skin using Prismacolor pencils in the same steps as Lesson 28, only now we're finishing off and refining our tones, smoothness, and intensity of colors. Here are the steps I went through.

I finished the ear. Now ears tend to have a lot of shine, but I usually tone it down, so it won't steal attention from the face. And don't worry, the pearl earring is coming.

After having the base tones on the neck, I added a layer of Peach #939 over them, watching to see how it affects them. It makes it quite a bit lighter. (I'll need to add more intensity and tan soon, which I'll do with Sienna Brown #945 and Terra Cotta #944.)

Now we'll go back into the face and the next three pictures show how, using Peach and the Colorless Blender, (and I'm really pushing fairly hard with VERY sharp pencils), I'm smoothing it out. I'm starting on the far left and working right. You can see the difference in the texture as it goes.

Okay, now that we have the basic skin tone and it's fairly smooth, we'll go back with Terra Cotta, into the shadows mid-cheek and make them stronger.

This is one of my favorite parts. Eyelashes!!! It finishes off the eye. I've gone and added a little more detail to the eyebrow, too.

Here comes the earring. I used Cream (main tone and highlight), Slate Grey (midtone) and Cool Grey 90% for dark shadows, both on and around the base.

Now that I can see everything together, I think I want to darken the hair just a bit. Guess what? Pigs can fly. We're done!!!

If you remember, we started on February 10th.
 If you'd like to review, I also have the steps to this drawing under the Art Lessons button on the top bar.

I wish I'd kept track of the hours, but I'm guessing it took around 50, give or take. I could have done it in a week and a half, but there are other things I also love, that I was fitting it around: my family, my commissioned artwork, and writing. But it was so much fun doing it this way. It was my weekly reward after ejoying the best of the other things. Ah, these wonderful obsessions . . .

Anyway, thanks for sharing this Prismacolor drawing project with me! I hope you had as much fun as I did.


  1. She's gorgeous! Did I mention she's gorgeous?

  2. She's stunning. You are so talented, Jonene!

  3. Lydia, thanks, but obsessed is more like it, ha ha!

  4. She is so beautiful! I love her headdress! You're so talented.


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