I borrowed this idea from Treskie, who very kindly let me use it. Also, go check out her Picture Saturday posts, because they’re awesome and a highlight of my week!
Basically, Picture Saturday showcases the work the artist accomplished that week (or most of it). All my artwork this week is colored pencil drawings on toned sketch paper. Toned paper is amazing, people. It holds both graphite and colored pencil well, and provides easy mid tones for graphite drawings, so that all you have to do is add shadows and highlights.
Although, with colored pencil, you still have to put down those mid tones, but the color of the paper pulls the drawing together nicely.
I like drawing oranges in colored pencil. It’s fun to layer the hues of yellow, orange, and red. Also, I’m too lazy to draw backgrounds at the moment; a wonky blue plaid tablecloth is as good as it gets right now. 🙂
I drew this while watching the Olympics. It’s been a challenge learning how to layer colored pencil; I’m used to painting with transparent watercolors, which requires different coloring and rendering techniques. Anyway, I love how the stitches on the lower needled turned out!
Two colors I have learned to layer well are indigo and dark brown. Together, they make a nice, rich black, a color I prefer to mix or layer rather than buy pre-made. This preference started as I was learning to use watercolor; the tutorials advised mixing black paint over buying a tube of black paint. I followed this advice, and it carried over into my colored pencil work as well.
And my favorite for the week…
Emmy Rossum’s Christine. Her portrayal of the character is not my favorite, but those curls are such fun to draw! And I learned more layering techniques while working on this piece: I lightly drew the facial highlights and the shadows in their correct places and then brushed over both (except the very lightest highlights) with an in-between color: Nectar, in this case. This smoothed the colors and made a nice transition between light and dark. Then I deepened the shadows with more browns and a touch of indigo (a little of this goes a long way) and touched up the highlights with more layers of white pencil. And then brushed over both with that in-between color, deepened shadows, brightened highlights, &etc. until the shades and hues matched my reference photo.
That’s all for this week! Maybe I’ll have more drawings ready by next Saturday.