Being There

Being There portrait of Katsutomo-san November 2015 Coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle 365 x 510 mm

“Being There”
A portrait of Katsutomo-san
November 2015
Coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle
365 x 510 mm

“Being There” refers to the viewer probably more than it does to Katsutomo-san, herself.

During the Kyoto photo-shoot on 15th September 2015, I am inspired by what I see.  I grab the image with a camera click. So quick.  Later on, back in my studio, it takes much time and patience (the painstaking part of the process) to transform a long-ago moment into a state of here-and-now permanence with coloured pencils on a piece of Arches Aquarelle paper.

As you look at the drawing, you become Katsutomo-san’s audience as well.  You and I are both present as Katsutomo-san poses for us on day two of her Erikae.

About juliepodstolski

I am a realist artist who works in coloured pencils.
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10 Responses to Being There

  1. Diane plum says:

    Fantastic as always. Marvelous detail and wonderful portrait style.

  2. There is a lovely stillness in this drawing Julie and the lovely repetition in the background. Karen

  3. A very peaceful image, a captured moment of concentration. I like how the pops of red in the sleeve and just on top of the obi resonate with her lipstick, the tiny bow in her hair and the parasol.

    • Thanks, Anna. I didn’t want the red parasol to hijack the picture – though it is very much about that parasol. So I made soft reds which wouldn’t overwhelm the muted tones of the rest of the picture.

  4. You take my breathe away my friend

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