Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Some progress

I've filled in a little more of the background. This area is the darkest in the whole portrait. I got stuck here for a while because I couldn't get the coverage I wanted with these dark colors.

It seemed no matter how much color I layered on or how much brushing I did, I could still see the grain of the paper. I was kind of at my wits end when I remembered something I had read once on Nicole Caulfield's blog.

I went searching for the blog post where she talked about how she did the black backgrounds. She uses Polychromos!

So I went back to try again with Polychromos and it worked! It's still not perfect, but it's much better.

In this second shot I've also darkened the colors in his face and hair and tried to blur that birdfeeder in the background some more.


  1. Hi Lupe. Nice to see the update on this magnificent piece.

    I also like Nicole's work, Polychromos are great pencils .

  2. Hi Dors!

    Thanks! I am going at my usual snail's pace, but I'm still going :-)

    I love Nicole's blog too. It's such a wonderful resource!

  3. Hello Lupe

    Just came across your blog (via Dors) and I'm enjoying watching your progress with this picture .. and learning with you. I have lots of Prismacolors and Derwents but very few polychromos so I think I need to remedy that.

    This is looking amazing already.

  4. Hi Sue!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are patient because I am an absolute slow poke. Seems lately I've been doing everything but the artwork. Still it will get done eventually, with me learning as I go also. Thank goodness for all the great information available out there on other people's blogs!