This is another example of the fact that looking at your online drawing shows you all the things which still have to be done. I thought I could call it finished, but I still need to work on the contrast – some parts of the drawing/painting still need to be darkened. Well,,,
Some coloured pencil experts stress the importance of putting up colour charts. I must admit that I haven’t done many, but sometimes I do. Here is the one I did yesterday. I am working on a coloured pencil piece with a background in various shades of green. I have been using baby oil as a kind of solvent in my last paintings, and doing this I noticed that the colours get more vibrant this way and even change a bit.
Knowing this I wanted to test the effect in order to select the proper pencil. I used emerald green, juniper green and chromoxide green as the basic greens and added my other greens. I was surprised what a nice green I got using the emerald green and other greens – in the past I hadn’t used emerald green because of its unnatural look.
So now I now, and I am glad that this colour chart will help me doing the background.
This is the second coloured pencils drawing which is based on a digital painting. The first one, the eagle, you can see here.
I feel that I’ve discovered quite an interesting way to get ideas for a coloured pencil drawing – play around in Artrage, have the result printed out and then think about how to do a coloured pencil drawing based on that digital piece. “Based” does not mean copying it–when you compare the drawing with the digital painting here you’ll notice that there is quite a difference between the two images.
The other thing is that I used baby oil and markers as solvents on this piece. I used a warm grey #3 marker on the dark green background and I used baby oil for parts of the tree, parts of the water and for the green grass.
With all the drawing and painting with Artrage going on I don’t want to neglect my coloured pencils. I must admit it is not easy to stick to that goal: Artrage has something addictive to it, especially since the moment I found out how to adjust the settings in order to make my graphic tablet work properly. So I had to kind of drag myself back to the cardboard, but when I had my pencils moving over the paper I felt fascinated again. So I hope to be able to keep that balance between traditional art and digital art!
Some time ago I did a digital painting with the same theme – a dragon in the forest. You can see it here: Now I decided to have a go with coloured pencils. As you can see I changed the drawing a bit.
I used baby oil as a solvent almost all over the drawing with the exception of the left hand side of the darker tree. Here I wanted the bark to look lighter – almost white-ish.
The drawing has the size of 17×24 cm (6,7 x 9,4 inches), and I worked about 6 hours on it (from the pencil sketch to the last finish). Coloured pencils are definitely not a fast medium! But it is easy to store the drawing and the pencils away and to get them on the table again the next day.
I consider the following tutorial a very helpful one: it is relatively short (about 8 minutes), it lists the single steps and it lists the colours of the pencils.
There was a time when I hated doing backgrounds. In fact I didn’t do them. But now I really enjoy doing them after getting the pencil sketch down on the drawing cardboard. In this case here I particularly enjoyed using all my shades of blue and even some greens. This drawing is not meant as a realistic drawing of a whale shark swimming in the sea. I had the movement of water in my mind and the multitude of shades it can have, and in contrast to that I painted the big, rather static form of the whale shark.
I did this for the February challenge over at the Botanicals Forum at Wetcanvas. I had already started a digital version of a lily, but then it became clear to me that it would take me a very long time in order to get a satisfying result – and with “very long time” I don’t mean a few days – it would take me months.
So I decided to change horses and to return to my coloured pencils – here’s the result.
I mentioned in one of my last posts that I thought about using my digital images as reference for my coloured pencil paintings. This painting here is the first result of putting that thought into practice.
The painting is not a copy of the digital image. I kept the pose of the creature and most of its colours, but I dealt with the background rather freely. But that’s what a reference is made for, isn’t it?
Here it is – my first coloured pencils piece after returning from the world of digital art. I really enjoyed drawing the cute critter!