Thursday, January 28, 2010

First Strokes

I started with very light strokes of a few different colors. Seashell Pink and Deco Pink (Prismacolor) for a first hint of allover color. Since the paper has a lot of yellow, I don't think I will be adding as much yellow tones myself as I normally would. I think in this first shot the only other colors were Terracotta for the dark reds and Buff Titanium, a Luminance pencil that is one of my favorite skin highlight colors. Also Powder Blue and some Cool Greys for the eyes.

A lot more colors are in the mix in the next shot. I primarily use Prismacolor pencils, with a few Derwent Coloursoft and Caran d'ache Luminance pencils here and there. I'll note it when a color is a Colorsoft (CS) or Luminance (L) pencil.

Some of the additional colors in his face are Cream, Light Peach, Blush Pink and Henna; and Pale Brown (CS) and Pale Peach (CS). On the more shadowy side of his face I've used Clay Rose and Grayed Lavender. In his hair I've used, Ivory Oxide (which is pretty much the same as Cream), Ginger Root and Sandbar Brown, also some Pale Brown (CS) and Naples Ochre (L).

The bit of background has just the Cool Gray colors, 90, 70 and 50%.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Year, New Artwork

How time flies! I've been caught up in the holiday spirit, having a wonderful time. But now that the dust has settled and I'm taking stock of what I accomplished in the past two months on the art front, I have to admit that it's not much.

And yikes, I feel a certain art competition deadline bearing down on me! So without dwelling on how much time I've wasted having a great holiday season, I've dropped all my other in-work projects for the moment and started on a new piece.

I'm using the uart 800 sanded art paper for the first time. I'm hoping that the experience of working on the Fisher400 paper will help to prepare me for the uart. It's also the largest colored pencil project I've ever attempted, a 24 x 36 inch sheet.

Some time ago I fell in love with a couple of the photographs that I took of my husband in our garden. We were checking out a new lens on one of our cameras and I took quite a few shots at different settings. Later looking at the pictures I was admiring one of the close up photos which captured a great expression on Marty's face and wishing that I had taken it in a more zoomed out composition. In some of the other poses he had a great relaxed stance that really conveyed the sense of quiet appreciation and enjoyment of a beautiful spring day.

I remember thinking that this face expression on this body pose would have made a great subject for a colored pencil piece. As I mentally tsk, tsk'd looking back and forth between the two photos, the lightbulb finally went on, ...doh! Photoshop....all things are possible with Photoshop!

So now all the preliminary work has been done. The photographs were composited in Photoshop, the contour line drawing traced out and then transferred to the paper. Now the real fun begins!