Sunday, July 12, 2015

Illustration Experiment - Colored Pencils

I am conducting an experiment. 
An ILLUSTRATION experiment.
I love Colored Pencils. 
It has been suggested that they are labor intensive and I should try watercolor or gouache or anything . . . 
So - I have drawn some whimsical frogs.
Here they are in colored pencils.

THE DRAWING . . .

THE LAYERING PROCESS . . .
STARTING WITH THE GRAY UNDERPAINTING


I AM USING INEXPENSIVE DRAWING PAPER, NOT THE BEST PAPER FOR COLORED PENCILS


WITH THIS PAPER IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET COMPLETE COVERAGE, EVEN WITH ALL THE LAYERS


FINISH UP WITH WHITE FOR BLENDING AND BLACK FOR DRAMA


LAYERING WITH COLORED PENCILS IS "LABOR INTENSIVE". 
YOU CAN'T JUST SMEAR IT ON WITH A BRUSH LOADED WITH WET PAINT. 
YOU MUST BE SLOW, GENTLE AND PRECISE.
AS LONG AS YOU ACCEPT THIS  - THE PROCESS IS RELAXING AND MEDITATIVE.


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