No more BLUES
Jaymie Pierrette · Age 11 · Dublin
Hello Judges! My name is Jaymie, I am 11 years old, and I am in 6th class. Thank you RTE for this opportunity to have me showcase my art. I have been doing art since I was 3 years old. Art has always been a way for me to express myself, and I find it very calming. I’ve drawn celebrities, family portraits and a few self-portraits, and I plan to draw more people.
I have learned and tried different art styles such as anime, abstract, manga and more art styles, but I found my passion in realism. I’ve also made a sculpture of a man with play dough. It was quite a challenge for me to make it, but it was also really enjoyable to try new types of art! I look up to Leonardo da Vinci because of his sketching realism and the unique, timeless masterpieces he has created.
I wanted to create this drawing because I am not very experienced at using colouring pencils and the techniques they require but I decided to go outside my comfort zone because it’s best to learn different things!
In drawing this vibrant and colourful portrait of a 3/4 side profile woman, I used blue because it is a colour which represents calmness and serenity, which goes perfectly with the portrait pose as she is relaxed with her eyes closed. The past two years many people have not been able to feel peace because of the pandemic, so I wanted to use my drawing to bring that. I started drawing by sketching the proportions and after erasing it a bit to show where to put the colour. I blended it by using a circular motion with the colouring pencils. I used a lighter and darker colour, e.g. hot pink and light pink or light blue and navy, to make the colours more vibrant and to remove the white spots from the paper. I didn’t have some of the colours that I wanted, so I used one colour and black for the shadows! I used an eraser to highlight the lighter areas on the woman’s face or body.
The challenges I faced while drawing the portrait were mostly due to the blending. The first couple of days I did blending in a line direction, which was not a good technique for the drawing, but then I researched techniques for portraits and I decided to do the change to circular motion. Another challenge I faced was the hair. I am not good at hair to be completely honest, but I searched up hair techniques and got confidence and I tried the technique I was shown to do, and I turned out to make it looks realistic!
This drawing took about 2 weeks to finish! My family supported me many times while I was drawing and gave me motivation to continue!
Thank you so much again for the opportunity to showcase my art to you all! Thank you so much!