Above is a sketch of Frankie, played by the talented Lily Tomlin, from the TV show “Grace & Frankie.” The illustration is done in Laurentien coloured pencils (or pencil crayons, as some may say). Yes, the same coloured pencils that I used all through elementary school.
I found them a little difficult to blend and after a while the tooth of the paper would not accept any more pigment. While I do not think I will be completing any masterpiences with the Laurentien coloured pencils, I will be using them again. After all, I have a huge tub full; waste not, want not.
Back in 2010; I liked the style of ink illustrations. Sometimes I would outline my illustration in pencil, overlay the ink and then erase any residual pencil marks. Sometimes I would wing it and use ink from the get go. But the majority of the time I would do a combination of ink and Red Copying pencil.
I was living and studying in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the time and did many illustrations from in and around the city; such as the ink drawing at The Forks in the image below.
I did quite a few illustrations in this style including a series of fan art inspired from the TV series “Lost” which I was addicted to at the time.
I am still a fan of this style, but for the most part have veered away from it in favour of more realism and more colour.