Wednesday 30 July 2014

Holly the Dalmatian

Holly is a rescue Dalmatian and this is her portrait which I have just taken off the drawing board. She is the second Dalmatian I have done, I think I have done most breeds by now, certainly the more popular ones and I really enjoy the challenge of getting the different breed characteristics down on paper.


Saturday 19 July 2014

Clean Paws - Cat in coloured pencil

Just a small one this time, done for a show I will be doing next year. I wanted to get some smaller stuff together to sell at a reasonable price.

Pencils: Faber Castell Polys
Support: Derwent smooth watercolour paper.
Size: A5

Thursday 17 July 2014

Finished Birch Glade

Finaly got it finished. I will hang it on my wall before deciding if I like it. Still not sure...maybe it will grow on me. I think the sunlight and shadows on the ground has worked well. I think on reflection I might darken the leaves a little, I feel it needs a little more ooomph.

Size 15" x 15"
Pencils: Faber Castell Polycromos and Derwent watersoluble pencils used as an underwash
Support: Cradled prepared MDF

Thursday 10 July 2014

Birch Glade 2

I am now working on building up the tones and colours using dry coloured pencils. I have also made a couple of minor changes to the composition.

This is what the back of the cradled board looks like. I will be adding colour to the sides in due coarse, I haven't quite made up my mind what I will do yet.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Birchwood Glade

I don't usually post WIPs on my blog, but thought that this time I would.
I am really enjoying this particular style I have been doing recently using prepared board, I like the effect of the texture of the finished picture. This is a much faster method for coloured pencils and helps me to remain looser and not get bogged down in the detail.

After transferring my drawing onto the board I do a light colour wash using water soluble pencils as I don't want too much white showing through in the final picture. This is the stage this picture is at, at the moment. 

Next I will start on the dry coloured pencil.

Medium: Coloured pencil
Support: Cradled board
Size: 15"x15"

This picture shows the depth of the supporting frame, just under 2".

Showing the completed under painting using Derwent watersoluble coloured pencils. On the far left I have started to build up the strength of colour with Faber Castell Polychromos dry pencils.

Pencil on toned paper

Here are a couple of experiments using graphite pencil and white coloured pencil, plus a touch of white gel pen on grey paper. I am reasona...