Hum … Already wondering why I got into this. I love the exercise of daily drawing but not so much the posting everyday where I feel confronted with my own self criticism and telling myself it is not good enough to post.
Nevertheless, here are the drawings of the second week:
These are relatively quick drawings and quite small, thumbnails really some of them only 3 in X 3 in. But despite all this, I see myself looking at the enlarged version of the drawing and seeing all that is wrong with it.
I am discovering the medium of color pencils and finding it more challenging than I originally thought!. Did you know that some of the color pencil paintings can have as many as 20 layers? Wow the patience of these artists is astounding and not one of my better qualities unfortunately!
Since I started with this project, I discovered a few interesting things about this fascinating medium.
• Color pencils can be wax base, oil base, pastel or water soluble but the later two are closer to their respective medium. That leaves wax and oil base which are compatible and can be mixed in the same project. If you are serious about getting into the medium, go for artist-grade pencils.
• Wax-based pencils are harder, depositing less pigment, hold the point better and are great for details and drawing precise lines. Oil-based are softer, great for layering, shading and blending.
• I looked at different types of papers and while it is easy to find watercolour paper, paper to use with pastels, Bristol boards, etc, nothing is specifically designed for color pencils so artists have to contend with what is on the market. But no matter what you choose, always use archival acid-free paper for your final artwork. In order to choose your paper wisely, a few pointers are important
• To my surprise, I found out that you can use solvents with color pencils to help blend the color, hence the weight of the paper is important. I have not tried this technique but plan on attempting it soon. So the paper has to be strong and thick enough to deal with the solvent without buckling but also flexible enough. Between 90 lbs and 300 lbs should suffice but a better indicator of the weight is the gms (grams per square meter) which gives a more accurate comparison. You can find conversion charts on line.
• The other consideration is the tooth or roughness of the paper. Too slick and the pencil will slide off, too rough and you will need several layers and the gaps will be hard to fill. If you go towards watercolour papers, hot pressed will be the better choice.
• You can also choose to use colour paper. I like to use color paper for pastels sometimes, if you choose a medium tone, it can be easier to lighten or darken starting with this middle value. But lightening is difficult in colour pencils so it is better to use a white base. There are also different whites ranging from warm white to cool white.
I ended getting a full set of Faber-Castell polycrhomos (oil base) last week while they were on sale at our local art store. I was going to buy 12-14 colors and ended up with 120! But I feel it was well worth the expense as they are high quality and should last a very long time.
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