Friday, August 29, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - August

Here are my submissions to this month's Virtual Sketch Date.


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I did both of these with Faber Castell erasable coloured pencils. These are graphite pencils with colour added. I don't normally use them for finished work but I like to use them for very light, under-drawing on a piece of coloured pencil work - if I want to work lightly, I can easily erase the line rather than cover it. They are very easy to rub and smudge, just like a graphite drawing pencil. They come in only 12 colours and one disadvantage is the black seems to be all graphite and therefore has a shiny, slightly metallic appearance.

For the first sketch I used just black and brown. For the second I used dark and light blue and green, and dark purple with touches of brown, black and yellow.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Building sandcastles - I think it's finished!

I've been working on this, on and off, for quite a while. I think I have finally finished it..............


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This is a picture of my grandchildren on the beach in the summer. I put it together from several reference photos I took at the time.

I'm quite pleased with this and I'm happy to frame and hang it because I used good artists quality pencils and 'proper' paper!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Still going with the sunquats!

More experimenting with coloured paper. This time I broke out the Canford. I used 'royal' blue as a near complementary to the yellow/orange fruits.


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Using a 'good' support did make a difference. It felt so much nicer to work on and took many more layers of colour. Choosing blue though, made it very had to get a bright orange, and the colours in this are much more subdued. I did this with polychromos and koh-i-noor pencils and I added a little chalk to the white highlights.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Don't sit under the apple tree........

................with anyone else but me! What a virtual carry on!

After the sunquats, I decided to try some of the little apples on my tree.


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Coloured pencil on green paper. Quite pleased with this, but I need to work harder on natural looking leaves and I think it's time I broke out the Canford paper!


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And here they are again, this time in coloured pencil on heavy white cartridge paper. Right back in the comfort zone here! But still not satisfied with those leaves...............

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - July - still going

I'm certainly getting some mileage out of the reference photo for July!

This is my first try at using coloured pencil on coloured paper.


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I used red 'craft board' from a multicolour pack that I bought in the 'Pound Shop'. I think I have to buy something a bit 'better' if I want to carry on using coloured backgrounds. This paper took only a couple of layers before it started to rub away, but it's fine for me to practice on!

Now that I've tried this, I realise that you have to think carefully about the relationship of the colours you are using before you start! No matter how I tried, I couldn't get the fruits yellow enough. I used a mixture of warm dark brown, indigo, warm grey and purple for the foreground and I tried to lighten the background by using a light blue/mauve and cool grey.

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