Thursday, May 20, 2010

Continuing with the Shirt

I've finally started working on the shirt. At first I was laying a few strips of color at a time and working them to a more finished look, as can be seen as the area on his shoulder. But then I decided it would probably be better to lay a base color on all the shirt and then start to detail it. I wouldn't want to have the problem of the different sections looking slightly different because I couldn't remember exactly what colors I used and how I layered them.

I'm using Prismacolor Raspberry and Crimson Red as the base colors. I layered a couple of light coats of both colors and then used a bristle brush to spread the color into the paper. It blends quite nicely into a fair representation of my reference color.

In the close up you can see how the newly laid color differs from the shoulder area. There are a couple more colors on the shoulder, Tuscan Red for the shadows and I think it was CS Soft Pink for the lighter shades (Yikes, I'm glad I'm trying to remember this now!)

On the right side of the collar rib you can see some strokes of color that have not been blended yet with the brush. Without the brushing, it would be much more work to get the coverage I'm getting with only a few layers of color. And I'm sure it just wouldn't look the same either. I think even tons of layers applied with the sharpest of pencils would not give you the same look. The colors acquire a softness when the brush is applied, that I like very much.

I'm probably not applying enough layers to get a really saturated look with the brushing alone. I'm really not sure how far to take it, but I probably will know by the time I finish this.


  1. Coming along superb Lupe.
    I always write down the colors I have used so that I don't have to rely on my memory. at my age the brain cells start to fade a little. LOL.

    This is going to be one huge masterpiece.
    I know it's going to take a long time yet. but wow will it be something when finished.

  2. LOL! I'm trying to develop good habits like noting the colors I use, but I still manage to forget to write them down too often. The blog is handy for that, though!

    Thanks so much for the vote of confidence! :-)