Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sometimes it feels... I'm coloring my life away, in red,...well, Raspberry and Crimson Red to be exact. It took a few days of dragging myself back to my drawing board at odd moments to finish the unexciting job of filling in the base color for the shirt. After much sharpening of pencils, careful layering and wearing three brushes down to stubs, I have the shirt area covered.

Here is a shot with one half unbrushed.

A closer look.

And finally full coverage! Now the more interesting shading and modeling can begin.

I also took the opportunity at this point to redraw some of my guidelines since some of them had all but disappeared. I did the original tracing of my drawing onto the Uart 800 paper using a number of different pencils. I started with a very sharp light brown Prismacolor but somewhere along the way I decided to use some of my new Eno mechanical colored pencils.

I had ordered these not too long ago because I have a fascination for pens, pencils, and paper in general. I had no particular use in mind, I just thought the Eno pencils looked pretty in eight colors with nice thin leads. When I was transferring my drawing it occurred to me that maybe using them to draw the lines was the perfect application. I had different colors to choose for different parts of my drawing and the .5 lead was fine enough for the smallest detail without constant sharpening needed. Yay!!!

Well,no,...unfortunately they fade badly. The blue especially could be used like disappearing ink. Need to write a secret message, use the blue, in a few months not a trace will remain. Of course I did most of the lower half of my outline using the blue, so I had a very stimulating time reconstructing those lines.

Still like my Eno pencils, they're cute, but from now on I will only use them to write letters to annoying friends. ;-)


  1. I'm loving your detailed step-by-step instructions. What kind of bristle brush? I use a colorless blending pencil. I'm curious to try a brush. I've never seen colored mechanical pencils! I'm going to look into those too. Nice work! I love your approach to the piece, and the way you're explaining it!

  2. This is getting more exciting as it progresses.
    Oh I am staying clear of the Eno pencils. Would not be good to do a whole painting with them and find it slowly disappears, especially if it was a commissioned piece.

    Coming along great Lupe.

  3. Katherine!

    I'm glad you're following along! The brushes are cheapie hog hair craft brushes that I bought at Michaels. Usually small sizes like #2 or #3.

    I've only used them on sanded papers like Uart 800 and Fisher 400, and also on pastelbord and colourfix papers, where the mere act of brushing the color layers darken them dramatically. All these surfaces are pretty sturdy and can take the scrubbing.

    I picked up brushing idea from Linda Lucas Hardy which she calls " painting wih a dry medium". She uses sanded papers to produce some awesome artwork. You can get more information on her method at:


  4. Hey Dors!

    LOL, yeah no kidding! This whole thing made me think about the lightfast issue for regular color pencils. I know that even some of the Prismacolor pencils don't have high lightfastness ratings, but I had never given it much thought. I'm sure even the low lightfast pencils take years and years to fade significantly, but still, maybe I should pay more attention to which colors have the lowest rating. <:-0

  5. This is coming along superbly. Watch out for those pencils Lupe. This is going to be a masterpiece and worthy of the best pencils.

    I also use a soft brush over CP's and I use the colorless blender pencils

    These to my mind would be the best Colored Mechanical Pencils... I would love to get a set.


  6. Dors,

    Thanks for the tip on the Caran D'ache mechanical pencils. I never knew they existed! They look wonderful, I want some. Oh well, more stuff to add to my wishlist! :-)