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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