IF - Poise

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone - Audrey Hepburn

Poise ... another stimulating prompt from the folks at
Illustration Friday.

My 1st thought was to draw Audrey H., but I got distracted by some new ideas for the stagnant blue WIP canvas. I've got most of it sketched out now. Hope to have some time in April to bring it all together....

Due to the time-crunch, I've gone archive diving again. This lovely lady seems to fit. She is a life size drawing in lithocoal & chromacoal on thick etching paper.

By the way, I love D'uva Lithocoal products! Comes as stick, powder or liquid & is fully erasable until you heat set it. Then it is permanent without fixative. Not easy to find anymore though.....hmm...what is it with my favorite products going extinct?

I was sooo sad the day Polaroid announced they were eliminating film 669 (among others) It's my fave for transfers. Here are a couple more on marble tiles that are now available at ArtSnark.etsy.com . Click on the pic to go straight to the details :


These are both emulsion transfers of charcoal drawings

So Naive

On the plus side, I heard a rumor that Fuji has a film similar to 669 on the market. Has anybody heard anything? I'll have to get googling. The last of my film stash is expired & temperamental but still works okay most of the time. I'm down to 3 boxes tho...


  1. THanks Artsnark! I just posted the "poise" image and almost put the same Audrey quotation as yours .

  2. checked out your blog, like what i saw! like your technique and this is a great illustration.

  3. Your girl is gorgeous Stacey, lovely illustration! I'm going to have to check out the products you mentioned--one can never have too many toys!

  4. Hellooooooo! How hot is that piece of work, Stacey? Totally caught my attention first thing this morning. I totally love it. Fantastic work.

    Sorry to hear about your Polaroid film :(

  5. Great work! Those eyes really got my attention.

  6. Beautiful work!! She is stunning...and your transfers are wonderful.

  7. She is gorgeous!!! Wow so much talent!


  8. Stacey you are so, so, so very talented.

    She is beautiful, stunning and perfection all in one.

    I'd love to see you do more like this. Simply amazing. I wish I had that kind of artistic talent. Few do.

  9. Lifesize? Wow, she is gorgeous! Fantastic work, and might I add that I love, love, love your little octopus in your header?

  10. Ooooh! I love this illustration! She has poise! I hear you about polaroids! I just love them, too! I'll have to investigate the fuji rumor, too! Let me know if you find out anything! :) Happy week!

  11. like your technique and stye!! the lady is very charming.. love her eyes.. so intense...

  12. very cool style, what a great illustration and awesome blog!

  13. such interesting art - and substrates!

  14. great quote and lovely drawing - I love her sexy hair!

  15. What eyes! What hair! What a lack of a shirt. :D

    Beautifully done, and perfectly self-assured for the topic.

  16. I've always wanted to try that transfer technique. yours are lovely!

  17. Hi there

    Firstly, yes Fuji FP100c is a similar beast to 669, I am already well into my 2nd year of experimenting with it. But be warned that while it makes similar photos, emulsion lifts are tricky and not really catered for by fuji, there is no adhesive on the back so it's hard to get it to stick to things and it just doesn't have the same feel...

    And as a quick second note.. thanks for leaving a comment about my work on the VAST blog, but if you want to be entered into the giveaway, you need to add it to the giveaway posting on my blog instead....

    All the best xx