Tag Archives: coloured pencil

Art on the Boardwalk Show

It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show.  I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great.  My art seemed to be well received; also great.  I even sold two pieces.  Excellent!

I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work.  I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better.  I am looking forward to many more shows to come.

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Aspen: Rework of an old Favorite

Yesterday, I published a post showing some old sketches of mine.  Amongst them was this pretty little watercolour of a poplar (aspen) tree.  I decided to redo the painting with oil pastels, just for fun.

I am fairly new to pastels and am still trying to work out the glitches.  I would like to master making a seamless background, but all in all, I am really happy with how the painting (drawing? I’m never sure which a pastel piece is) turned out.

Below is the oil pastel artwork made with:

  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 36)
  • Canson Bristol paper
  • Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils

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Below is the watercolour from 2008.

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Only, one month to go until my art show.  Ever year, the small town (Hamlet) I live in hosts one or two art shows and this year I am so excited to be showcasing my work.  I have been busy making artwork, as well as matting and framing and trying to figure out how to price and sell my pieces.  Making the art seems to be the easy (and fun) part.  They rest is a lot of hard work.  I have a new found respect for professional artists, who do this kind of thing all the time.

Sketches from 2008

While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.

They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.

These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping.  They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke.  I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.

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Little Piggy

I decided to play around with oil pastels and make my Mom a birthday card at the same time (I know; “a pig for a birthday card???;” but the inside will say:…and this little piggy wishes you a Happy Birthday!;”  trust me, she will appreciate it.)

I did the base drawing in coloured pencil.  This really helped me to figure out the colours I wanted to use.  The majority of the visible part is oil pastel.  I used pencil crayon for some of the finer details, since I was having trouble getting fine lines with the stick pastels.

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Materials used:

  • Strathmore parchment card paper
  • Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils (set of 24)
  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 36)
  • Spectrafix spray fixative

Re-vamped owl

The picture below is a coloured pencil drawing I completed in 2016.  I was very happy with the drawing at the time, but as I worked more and more with coloured pencil, I began to notice that I wasn’t getting the saturation and deep contrasts that I wanted.

It may be due to the type of coloured pencil I am using;  I have only worked with the Derwent Coloursoft. In retrospect, it is more likely that I am laying the black down over too many layers and thus not getting it as dark as I would like.

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I sprayed some workable fixative on the paper and tried to darken the blacks.  It helped a little bit, but didn’t make as drastic a difference as I had hoped.  I then decided to experiment with markers and oil pastels on top of the coloured pencil.  The result is below.

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I am much more happy with the results (for now anyways).  I may go back once more and clean up the background and some of the feather details.

Which one do you like better?  The softer, muted tones of the first picture, or the more vibrant colours of the second picture?

Materials used:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper
  • Derwent coloursoft coloured pencils
  • Grumbacher Oil Pastels
  • Prismacolour Premier Brush tip marker – black
  • Spectrafix Degas Pastel Fixative (not over the marker; because it will cause the marker to bleed very, very, very badly.  I am glad I did a text spray on scrap paper before spraying the final piece.  It would have been a streaky, blurry mess.)

 

Crossroads in the Autumn

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:

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“Crossroads in the Autumn” 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.

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Outlined with the Micron pen and starting in with the coloured pencil.

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.

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I love when I find uses for long lost items in my stash.  Hip Hip Hurray for hoarding.

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TV’s “Grace & Frankie” Fan art: Coloured Pencil

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.