Monday, June 30, 2008


The Boss wouldn't let me use him, (gosh, some people can be touchy about photographs and portraits!) so I tried a self-portrait. It was very tempting to make it a lot more flattering! Especially the teeth! The Boss has told the grandchildren that I smoke cuban cigars. He said they can tell by the colour of my teeth. I could tell by the way they kept giving me sideways glances and looking at one another that they didn't know whether or not to believe him!

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The usual mixture of kids colouring pencils on coloured pastel paper. I finished it off with a layer of nice soft own brand 'artist's quality' coloured pencils I bought at W H Smith.

I plan to try this again on good cartridge paper with my brand new pencils, hoping to get a more 'photographic' realism result for comparison. I think I get more life and expression with the 'looser' strokes when I use pastel paper, but a better likeness when I use a smooth support.

After a lot of reading reviews and comparing prices, I finally bit the bullet and ordered some PROPER artists' pencils. For starters, I have a bought a set of 60 Faber-Castell Polychromos, plus a set of 30 Koh-i-Noor Polycolour. After I've tried these for a bit, I think I may also want to get some that sharpen up for fine detail, like Berol Verithin or Derwent Studio, and then maybe some really soft ones too. I've also found that I like to use Faber-Castell erasable colour pencils for sketching out the initial drawing - they either cover up nicely or are easily removed for the lighter areas. I also now have some Daler Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge and some nice Ingres pastel paper. I'm really looking forward to trying it all out!



At 5:53 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

Good job, Kay! Looks like it was done with pastels.

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Came over from the Virtual Sketch Date, and was poking around.
This is a fantastic portrait!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger laura said...

This is a great self-portrait. Such a happy, frank face!! I'm amazed a what you do with colored pencils, the color and shading is so subtle, so gradated. I love the hair and the light on (your) chin; the eyes are great too.


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