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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At 1:15 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Hi Kay Susan!
I am just tickled that you are still working with this photo!
I often work on colored paper, and it does limit what result you can achieve.

I always think I can get a nice bright white, and it never happens :)

I am loving seeing your drawings. Thanks for sharing them!


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