Thursday 5 January 2017

Using coloured pencils...

The best way to get to know a new art material is to simply use it. I had a vague idea in my head what I wanted to draw, a face, and I used an A3 Bristol Board sketch pad on which to work. 

I drew freehand in Cream, overlaying this with Raw Umber, Phthalo Blue and Cadmium Yellow.

Worked with Chrome Yellow, Pompeian Red, Ultramarine and Middle Purple Pink on the lips. Love the colour names. On the face I overlaid Rose Carmine and softened with a heavy layer of white. Hair was darkened with Walnut brown and Warm Grey 2. Eyes were outlined with Dark Indigo and pupils with black. A white JellyRoll gel pen added highlights.

Loved the feeling of the pencils, soft on the paper. Used the side of the leads to shade and the point to detail. As the colours built up they created a waxy sheen. These pencils are smudge-resistant and waterproof. It would be interesting to try out the Faber Castell water soluble pencils. 

A doodle in coloured pencil, fun to do and laying the way for further experiments. A base of watercolour might also work well.

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