Little Girl, charcoal

Children are interesting characters to draw and I’ve wanted to capture this little girl for a while now and finally decided to give her a try ~

Little Girl (12×9) is a charcoal drawing on Strathmore Drawing paper using vine and willow charcoal, torilium, stump and a kneaded eraser.   My reason for drawing the girl was to capture her relaxed posture as she basked in the warm sunlight.  There are some areas that I may go back and revisit, but for today she is done and being introduced to you.

Thank you for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Little Girl textThe reference image was from Rosalind Amorin of pmp.



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63 Responses to Little Girl, charcoal

  1. Angie Mc says:

    Awww, you capture the sweet exhaustion…pensive mood of the child. Lovely.

  2. Beautiful and touching Mary, well done!

  3. She’s adorable. I can understand why you would want to capture her!

  4. She is really lovely! A dreamy, universal childhood moment. Wonderful.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, such a compliment – thank you very much. This is your world in painting portraits and I can’t tell you what it means to read your feedback, a beginning for me. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. So precious and lifelike. Another favorite, dear Mary.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  6. Mary, this portrait is enchanting. You have drawn all the feelings of wonder, dreaming, being content with oneself in a charming moment of childhood.

  7. I love how she’s looking into the distance. What must she be daydreaming about? 🙂

  8. doronart says:

    Great charcoal collection here Mary, children are normally slightly more dificult to draw but you never have this word in your art of vocabulary well done 😉

    • Mary says:

      So kind Doron – very nice to see you. Thanks much, but you know that’s because you don’t see all that never make it past the trash can (like this weekend!), lol. Thank you for you lovely compliment and I hope you are well.

  9. Absolutely delightful! You perfectly captured and conveyed two main components here, one is physically visual and includes the child like features: round cheeks, rounded small shoulders, baby hair. The other side is the atmosphere to which we as viewers emotionally react: innocence, vulnerability, youthfulness and that includes her eyes with her dreamy expression, the shoulder strap sliding down from her small rounded frame which is representative of her exhaustion and her posture is related to it as well. All important details which add up and make this work most remarkable. Beautifully executed Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva, wow what an incredible analysis of the drawing – truly. This is something that I’ll read and re-read to absorb how you examined the piece and what struck you as you looked at the piece. I learn more every time you write, thank you for being such a wonderful blogging friend and always being present – means a lot. Thanks again ~

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    Awwh! How sweet. What is she dreaming about I wonder? Lovely piece Mary!

  11. Jess says:

    Lovely little girl! I like the expression on her face.

  12. Marick says:

    I like this… the pose, the dreamy expression, the pretty, childlike hair… she reminds me of my little niece, whom I’ve seen sitting like this so many times before! It’s very real, you’ve captured her so well 🙂

  13. niasunset says:

    She is so lovely… You did great dear Mary, Thank you, love, nia

  14. Don says:

    I love the expression on her face, pensive with strong interest in what she’ looking at. So good Mary.

  15. So beautiful and evocative

  16. Beautiful charcoal work, Miss Mary.
    You capture innocence and vulnerability.

    Best wishes

    uncle john

  17. Gallivanta says:

    She is charmingly relaxed and contemplative, as though she has just come indoors from a hectic play session outside, and would love a cold drink.

    • Mary says:

      Ah Gallivanta you know her well! Loved how you described her and all little children that have been playing. Thanks so much – I liked imagining the scene, fun!

  18. Children have such wonderfully inquisitive, dreamy, attentive postures! You have captured the innocence so well here.

  19. She looks like an angel as they all do at that age! Beautiful drawing 🙂

  20. Little girl dreaming … 🙂

  21. This is really charming, Mary. Your subject looks very like my little granddaughter. I would love to be able to sketch her one day. 🙂

  22. That is lovely, my dear Mary! I see why you wanted to draw her! 🙂 xx

  23. So sweet, love her expression, and the strap coming off her little shoulder, reminds me of when my daughter was little, her straps were always falling off her shoulders, too. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janell, thank so much – I’m so glad to read your reaction to the drawing. The strap is one of those things that make this young one endearing. Thanks!!

  24. John says:

    She so cute! 😄

  25. A.PROMPTreply says:

    What a sweet repose….those cheeks, they capture the fullness of youth and the exhaustion of the day. Also love the ‘movement’ of the halter dress….almost like I’m seeing her breathe!

    • Mary says:

      Hi A!, thank so much – alright, happy to read your comment as that’s exactly the reaction I was hoping for. As a Mom, you know this exhausted look of little kids intimately!

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