Archive | March 2012

The blue elf

The Blue elf. Coloured pencils on watercolour paper. Ulla Hennig, March 2012

I really went slow with this one and tried to keep my pencils sharp. And I did some test swatches with various mixtures of red and blue for the background.

You can do realistic paintings with coloured pencils. I’m more into the world of fantasy at the moment – fantasy landscapes, fantasy beings. And – needless to say – I am learning and experimenting.

Red Snake

Red Snake. Coloured pencils on watercolour paper, Ulla Hennig, March 2012

The thing with coloured pencils is that you have to be patient. You have to work very slowly, adding layers on layers, because you haven’t got a palette to mix the colours on. You mix them on the paper. The second important thing I learnt in the meantime is: Keep your pencils always pointed! Only then you can put layers on the paper in a light manner which makes it possible to add one layer after the other.

I definitely have to work on my patience. With pen and pencil I could throw a quick sketch on the paper, and it looked not too bad. With coloured pencils it looks sloppy and bad. So let March be the month of patience!

Blue flowers

Blue flowers. Coloured pencils, Ulla Hennig February 2012

Another piece out of my imagination. Here is what Wikipedia says about the blue flower:

“The Blue Flower (German: Blaue Blume) is a central symbol of Inspiration. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable.” Well…