Charcoal, sepia, mixed media portrait by Cristina Parus @
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Charcoal sepia mixed media portrait

Sometimes I love to work on loose sheets of paper, like Mixed Media Canson block, the 200 grm (120 lbs) in A5 format 14,8x 21 cm (5.8”x8.3”). This type of paper works pretty good when adding water, and it’s perfect to experience all kind of mixed media techniques.┬á

Uneori imi place sa lucrez pe bucati de hartie separata de jurnal, precum cea din ┬áblocul Mixed Media Canson ci hartie de 200 gr (120lbs) in format A5 – 14,8×21 cm (5.8”x8.3”). Acest tip de hartie se comporta destul de bine atunci cand este adaugata apa si este perfect pentru experimentarea a diferitelor tehnici mixed media.
Charcoal, sepia, mixed media portrait by Cristina Parus @

I wasn’t such a big charcoal fan until I’ve discovered how nice I can blend it with white gesso and water, and since then I love to create this kind of portraits: somehow┬árealistic, but not real, because she’s a fruit of my imagination.

Nu eram mare fan al creioanelor cu mina din carbune pana sa descopar cat de frumos se amesteca acestea cu grund alb si cu apa, si de atunci imi place sa creez tot felul de portrete: oarecum realiste, dar ireale, pentru ca fata aceasta este fructul imaginatiei mele.

Charcoal, sepia, mixed media portrait by Cristina Parus @

The sketch is all set and ready to go, I could very well stop here with this face. But the truth is that I was dying to add some white gesso and water to activate the charcoal and tanned orange watercolor pencil I’ve used to make this sketch.

Schita era gata si o puteam lasa asa foarte bine. Dar adevarul e ca eram nerabdatoare sa adaug grund alb si apa pentru a activa carbunele si creioanul acuarelabil portocaliu deschis pe care le-am folosit pentru aceasta schita.

Charcoal, sepia, mixed media portrait by Cristina Parus @

The sepia pencil made her look even better, because it’s not that harsh as black is and offers some kind of “back in time” feeling to the portrait.

Creioanul sepia a facut-o sa arate si mai bine, pentru ca nu e chiar atat de dur cum este negrul si ofera┬áportretului senzatia de┬á“intoarcere┬áin timp”.

Charcoal, sepia, mixed media portrait by Cristina Parus @

In the end, it is all about playing with darks and lights to create the face and be happy with the result. What do you think of her?

La final, totul tine de joaca intre umbre si lumini pentru a crea fata si a fi multumit cu rezultatul pe care-l obtii. Ce parere aveti de ea?


Pe curand,


Let's say every day I'm giving-away the power of a smile and the power of positive affirmations. Let's stay focused on good, optimist things, rather what complain about the negative ones in our lives!

I'm Cristina {creativeMag} and I welcome you to smile every single day of your life! (smile especially when you don't feel like ;) You already feel better, isn't it?)

I'm a mixed media Artist, love to create mixed media art journal pages, paint on canvas, I have a thing for handmade jewelry, I'm learning French {again}, diving into German, perfecting Spanish to the native level, and loving life! My native language is Romanian and English comes as a second skin!

Always wear your smile, no matter what!

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  1. […] It all started with this face over here, and because I loved the process I had to create more. So this page came to live, and this one, too. So I said why not try it […]

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