Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Work In Progress, Color Pencil Tip of the Week & Resource of the Week

Hey Everyone!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have been having asthma problems so I haven't been going outside very much. They are plowing all the fields around us, which is making it worse.
However, I did step outside to see what God sent us the other day and today. A turkey. A Naragansett Turkey actually. It's definitley domesticated. I figure it must belong to one of the farmers nearby. Anyways, my two cats are trying to attack it, so I have been having to keep the little devils inside. I threw out some bird seed for it and it seems to like that, but I have no place to keep a turkey, other than an old run down chicken coop that is overrun by blackberry bushes. A very pretty bird. Wish I had a better camera to take a picture of it, but alas my camera bit the dust a few months back.

Work In Progress
So, I started the Mother's Day Gift piece. Doing this one completely in color pencil. I am presently working on the background right now.
 I had to scan it in two sections, as it is way to big for my scanner. So, I tried my best to get rid of the shadow in the center because of the two separate scans, but just couldn't. If anybody knows a technique to get rid of the shadow,  please let me know. I am working from pretty old photos, so I hope I can capture the likeness of each subject well.

Finished Work

So finally did the final touches to the first panel. I might make some more changes to it, as I begin to work on the second panel, to blend the two together. I will be selling them as a set.

Done in color pencil using warming board technique and eraser technique.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

This week, I want to share with everyone the different pressures I use, when applying color pencil. I mainly use light to medium pressure, in building up my layers of colors. I wanted to show an example of what the pressures look like. As you can see from the example, the heavy pressure clearly differs from the light pressure.
The advantages of using light to medium pressure, verses medium to heavy pressure is the following:
  • more control over the area you are working on
  • easier to erase mistakes
  • less stress on your wrists and fingers
  • less wax bloom build-up
The disadvantages are the following:
  • longer time in completing a work
  • can lose tooth of paper, due to many layers

Resource of the Week

I stumbled upon Rhonda Bartoe's blog this past week. Be sure and check out her posts some wonderful color pencil tips

Bartoe Art - Color Pencil Mixing

Hope you all have a great week!
Hugs and Happy Creating!