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...............


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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