Colored Pencil Demo


As you can see in this photo, I used solvent (mineral spirits) to dissolve the colored pencil on the water and the red boat.  Doing this always makes a colored pencil drawing more painterly.  Then I started to work on the 3 boats leaving the foremost boat to be worked last.  I usually recommend that the artist works from top down, and finishes one section at a time in order to eliminate the problems caused by pencil debris.  (Prismacolor pencils are bad about this because of their softness.)  I use a brush to brush away the residue often.

I don’t like the boat on the upper left, so I’ll probably work some on this later.  I started on the lower left boat to suggest the dirt and rust on the hull, and did a little on the green boat.  This stage took me about 2 1/2 hours.  Next time you see a post, I will have completed the three boats, leaving the foreground and beach area for later.



About pastelanne

I am a professional artist and art teacher, receiving my formal art education at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Arkansas. I taught high school art and humanities, earned a doctorate in secondary education, and with my husband, reared eight children! Even after retirement in 1993, I have continued to teach children, teenagers, and adults as well as studying under well known teachers. My media are pen and ink, watermedia, pastel, and colored pencil. Because of all my experiences and guidance from my teachers and mentors, I have a lot of suggestions, tips, and techniques to share with others. This then is the reason for my blog: to pass on some of this knowledge to other artists and to 'wanna be" artists. I intend to post at least three times a week. The first group will be compositional ideas, the second group will be sketchbook ideas, and the third group will be some tips and techniques in particular media. I sincerely hope you will find some good advice in some of these posts!

Posted on August 17, 2017, in IDEAS. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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