As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love working with coloured pencils. I love the rich colours. I love that there are no odours as I am very sensitive to them and get headaches from them. And above all, I love not having to clean brushes. I hate cleaning brushes.
Last fall, I took a bunch of photographs and decided to start some illustrations.
Here is my reference photo:
I drew an outline of the photo (freehand) and began working on the sky. I outlined the illustration using a size 05 brown Micron pen and then used Derwent Coloursoft (tin of 26) for the rest of the project.
Towards the end, I began to run out of tooth on the paper. The pencil, kicked and screamed, threw a huge tantrum and refused to lay down on the paper! Fortunately, I had recently watched a Lahri Fine Art video on YouTube and Lisa Clough (“the artist behind Lachri Fine Art) used a texture fixative to “add more tooth” to the paper.
I remembered that I had bought a fixative a long time ago when I first started to dabble with pastels. I grabbed it from the back of a shelf. Sure enough it was a workable fixative and just what I needed. I tested it out and was amazed how much more life it gave to the paper. I was worried that it would ruin the paper, or alter the colours or streak or clump or otherwise ruin the illustration; it didn’t. It is my new favorite art supply.
I love when I find uses for long lost items in my stash. Hip Hip Hurray for hoarding.