Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - July

I'm still working on th July Virtual Sketch Date
challenge.

This time I first of all drew the image with Derwent Graphitint pencils (they are graphite with a touch of colour) because first of all I wanted to try a drawing with them, and secondly I wanted to have an underpaining - the plan was a kind of 'en grisaille'.


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Then I lightly wet the background to give a light cover.


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I am really having trouble with washing these graphitints - next time I will have to use heavier paper and try a proper watercolour brush. Frankly, this looks a mess, but it does give an underpainting.
Then, back into the comfort zone, I finished off with coloured pencils.


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I did get an 'en grisaille' effect on the fruits and some of the leaves. Now that leaf shadow looks like a damage fruit!

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - July

Here's my submission for July's Virtual Sketch Date.

I liked the reference photograph so much I decided to draw the complete image.


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This is coloured pencil over a watercolour underpainting, something I've wanted to try. I used Derwent Graphitint for the underpainting - (I still haven't got the hang of using these) - on heavyweight cartridge paper. Then I went over it with a mixture of Polychromos and Koh-i-noor pencils.

I tend to draw whatever is in front of me but looking my effort, I realised that cropping it might make a more interesting composition. So I tried cropping my interpretation in PaintShopPro. (This also had the advantage of removing some of the dodgy bits!)

Crop One:


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Crop Two:


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At first sight, this month's 'assignment' looked easy - just fruit and leaves - but I had real trouble with those leaf shadows on the fruits and the foliage at the top was difficult too. I did take one leaf out, because I just couldn't get it right at all!

I could still do a bit of work on this - but I ran out of time!

It was a good challenge - thank's for the excellent photo Leslie!

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Monday, July 07, 2008

WIP - Building Sandcastles

A bit more progress. I've laid down some more colour on the figure in the foreground and started to try and render the sand. On our 'home' beach the sand is coarse and crumbly, not at all powdery - perfect for making sandcastles.


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I'm pleased with the way this is going. I think I have captured the differences in personality, even while they are both absorbed in the task. Grandson Number One is all business, totally focussed on the job in hand. His sister has a more laid back 'Yeah, I'm doing this, but it's easy and there's no rush OK?' attitude.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

What's on my easel? Work in progress...

I'm starting to try out my new Polychromos pencils. This is Building Sandcastles, from sketches and photographic reference.


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On heavyweight A2 size cartridge paper. The finished picture size will be about A3. I started by sketching in the main lines with a Faber-Castell erasable colour pencil in mid brown and lightly shaded in a basic flesh tone to give me a colour reference. Then I started to work lightly on the figure at the top. I'm still very slow. All this took about an hour, while I was talking to my daughter on the phone!

Here's an update, with a bit more colour layered on:


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I'm enjoying this, and I really like these pencils - they sharpen up to a really good point and blend well. Nice and soft to use, no scratching at all.

No idea how I'm going to deal with all that sand!

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I got these too.......!

Derwent Graphitint pencils. Graphite pencils with a touch of watercolour. And a neat brush with a water holder in the handle, also from Derwent. It's good for using with watercolour pencils. You just wipe the synthetic bristles on your hand (OK, I'm messy! You cold use a cloth!) to clean it between colours and the water stays clean. Great for going out and about.

I did this quick sketch of people on the beach, to try them out.


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Derwent Graphitint on watercolour paper. I think I'm going to use this as an underpainting for a coloured pencil piece as an experiment!

Update: I found that after being wet, this cheap watercolour wouldn't take coloured pencils very well. So instead of working it up the way I intended, I just added a bit more colour with watercolour pencils. These pencils are great for quick sketches, but on balance I prefer fine, detailed coloured pencil work.


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