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Minimalist Pencil Portraits

Carmel Dunne Captures the Natural Beauty of Innocent Faces

— August 14, 2011 — Art & Design
Carmel Dunne is an artist, photographer, painter and illustrator whose portfolio consists of dozens of stunning pieces of artwork. This 20-year-old artist often infuses her simple pencil drawing with concentrated bursts of vibrant watercolor.

Carmel Dunne captures the beauty of innocent faces. The subjects of her work can easily be perceived as both male or female. The inclusion of water color adds a very fantasylike quality to the portraits. The detail is unbelievable, and her work emanates a soft and calming set of feelings. Carmel Dunn is from Byron Bay, and her other work includes taking the covers of old magazines and enhancing them with glitter.

Implications - In today's society, consumers are most likely to invest in products that evoke emotions or those with which they have a personal connection. Art that is able to portray a message or inspire a consumer to feel a certain way will likely generate favorable results.
Trend Themes
1. Emotive Art - There is high demand for artwork that evokes emotions or provides a personal connection, creating opportunities for artists to create pieces that inspire a particular feeling.
2. Fantasy-infused Portraiture - The inclusion of watercolor in pencil portraits adds a fantastical quality that appeals to a certain market, opening up opportunities for artists to explore this style.
3. Enhanced Magazine Covers - The trend of enhancing old magazine covers with glitter appeals to a market that values nostalgia and creativity, presenting opportunities for artists interested in mixed media art.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Illustration - Artists, illustrators, and designers can leverage the trend of emotive art and fantasy-infused portraiture to create pieces that resonate with consumers and generate a high level of engagement.
2. Graphic Design - Incorporating mixed media elements, such as glitter, into designs for magazine covers and other print materials can add a creative and nostalgic touch that appeals to a particular consumer base.
3. Retail - Retailers can collaborate with artists to create limited edition products featuring emotive art and unique design elements, providing customers with unique and compelling products that stand out in a crowded market.
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