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08-28-2013, 02:07 PM
It has been a successful growing season this year in New York. I planted a Clematis flowering vine for a neighbor which this w.i.p presentation is based upon. The reference photo that I shot was in bright sunshine, so there will be strong contrast in value between shadowed areas and highlighted areas. Those of you who are not familiar with my work, I like to do large format colored pencil drawings. I'll be working on a 40'' x 32'' Canson Bristol Plate Art Board. The actual size of the drawing will be 34'' x 27". Prismacolor is my colored pencils of choice and the colors used are limited to the ASTM lightfast ratings of l & ll. Prismacolor has enough colors with those ratings to complete this drawing.

The first image below shows the drawing surface in my studio giving some perspective on the size of the drawing. Due to its size, I will be filling in from left to right, top to bottom as I am right handed. Unlike other art media where a foundation layer is laid on the entire artwork, not so with this size of colored pencil drawing. I don't want to be placing my hand down on any area that already has color just so to color in another area.

The second image shows that I have begun drawing in a few leaves. The colors used on these leaves are Chartreuse for much of the foundation layers, Kelly Green, True Green, Olive Green and Dark Green. There is a short brown stem where Sienna Brown and Dark Brown were applied. For highlights, the various greens were lightly applied to their appropriate areas and then heavily burnished with white. The background consists of heavily layered Dark Umber followed by areas of Indigo Blue for tonal variation. My technique is I layer and blend only with pencil strokes.



08-28-2013, 06:23 PM
I can already tell this will be beautiful. I will be in the corner watching.

08-29-2013, 06:28 AM
Wow that's large for a CP painting. I look forward to watching this develop.

09-02-2013, 01:11 AM
PattiLou and marionh much thanks for your comments.

Update #1
I have drawn in a few more leaves and two petals of the first flower. Colors used on the petals are Crimson Lake, Scarlet Lake with touches of Cool Grey 70% and Indigo Blue to obtain darker values in the shadowed areas. Highlights on the petals were treated the same as that on the leaves by burnishing with white.



09-02-2013, 10:08 AM
Wow, this is looking beautiful already, will be checking in to see the finish.

09-09-2013, 01:16 AM
Update #2
As you know working with colored pencils is a slow process. However, I am making progress nicely.


Delmus Phelps
09-09-2013, 04:05 PM
I can't wait to see more, wow!

Charlie's Mum
09-19-2013, 03:26 PM
It's monumental for a CP piece and absolutely exquisite even this far.
Thank you so much for making this a WIP thread too ....... I'll be back ... and back .. and back!:)

09-26-2013, 11:08 AM
Impressive work! Wow!

09-26-2013, 12:42 PM
How beautiful this is :thumbsup:

09-28-2013, 12:59 AM
Update #3
Sorry for the delay folks. I had to stop working on the drawing so that I can attend to some late season landscaping work. However, I have resumed and the next image shows the progress I've made.


09-28-2013, 10:21 AM
Amazing colored pencil work, this is turning out beautiful.

09-28-2013, 12:19 PM
Wow! This is stunning!

10-01-2013, 08:06 AM
Amazing depth in this work --love it! How long do you think the entire piece will take you to complete?


10-04-2013, 12:17 AM
BitsOfHature, it will amount to about one month to complete this colored pencil drawing.

Update #4
I have completed the iron rod which was painted black. However, it was reflecting light that defined its shape. The colors that I used for this feature to have it stand out against the dark brown background were Black, Cool Grey 90%, Cool Grey 70%, Cool Grey 30% and Warm Grey 70%.
For the next and final update, I'll take the finished artwork outdoors on a bright and clear day to even out the lighting for the photo shoot.


Vivien Maloney
10-04-2013, 10:21 PM
Wow, this is amazing work!

10-05-2013, 12:33 PM
Wow! This is stunning! You get such lovely depth and saturated colors! Absolutely beautiful piece!

10-13-2013, 05:21 PM
This update concludes the presentation of this work in progress. Below is an image of the finished colored pencil artwork featuring Clematis flowers in bright sunshine. It was a fun project that demanded a great deal of patience.

Thanks to everyone who dropped in and commented on this WIP.


Cheryl Nielson
10-14-2013, 05:31 AM
Just gorgeous! Great CP work...very nice detail and color...

10-14-2013, 08:19 AM
A wonderful finish :clap:

10-14-2013, 06:24 PM
Oh my goodness! this is absolutely stunning! I haven't seen such exquisite work with colored pencils before. Hats off to your patience!

10-17-2013, 04:46 PM

10-18-2013, 05:09 PM
Stunning! very impressive work! I don't find the words!

10-19-2013, 11:07 AM
Wow it sure turned out gorgeous like I said. You do fantastic CP work.

10-20-2013, 09:03 PM
Stunning details.

10-22-2013, 01:09 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!

10-23-2013, 11:17 PM
Beautiful :wave:

10-24-2013, 05:25 PM
Exquisite! Thanks so much for posting your step-by-step progress. It's very inspirational and instructive.

Lady Carol
10-27-2013, 03:16 PM
Gorgeous. Bravo.

10-28-2013, 01:58 AM

10-29-2013, 01:15 AM
I'm astounded! This is absolutely gorgeous and amazing. I'm just looking at it shaking my head in wonder.

11-16-2013, 07:01 PM
Truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. It is an inspiration.