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12-14-2005, 01:07 AM
This is my second of the little green apples series. I thought I'd do a step by step on one of the leaves just to show how I do it.

I started this picture at 5.30pm and finished about 15 minutes ago at 6.45pm. I think I have the hang of apples now. I'd like to do one more apples, the first one was larger, this one is smaller at 8x10 and I'd like to do another 8 x10 for the other side of the big one. The next one will be little red apples :D

This is on black paper again, with mostly polychromos, a little derwents and a touch of pablo's.

I also have a photo of the set up for amira! :)

Here's the set up

Here's the ref

I'll show the wip shots for the leaf in the next post.

12-14-2005, 01:11 AM
First I did the outline and then did a light layer of white to help the green stand out (green sinks into black paper quite a bit and tends to go a weird green colour, underpainting helps.

Then I put in heavier spots of white for where highlights will be.

Started putting in some middle toned green and middle toned yellow for the spots I want those colours

12-14-2005, 01:14 AM
Deepening some of the pale yellow highlights.

Adding in some darks to define the lighter highlights

Then I just start adding in the colours that I see there, darker, lighter, whatever until it's done. Using sky blue to do the edges of highlights and white for the brights.


12-14-2005, 01:35 AM
And just the rest of the progress shots.








And that's it :D

12-14-2005, 02:06 AM
Oh and if anyone's interested, here's how I do waterdroplets. Step by step and then a close up of the last one to give you an idea. They don't look much like droplets up close but they do from a distance.



1- I started with raw sienna
2- added white to the right handside for highlight
3 - then to the base for a little light at the bottom
4- Then I used burnt umber to darken it a little next to the highlight
5- Then a little ivory to the left but not too heavily (basically in the droplet itself, excluding highlights, I want three shades from light to dark with the lightest on the opposite side to where the light is coming from and the darkest right next to the bright highlight on the right)
6 -I put some sky blue to the very left for a counter highlight
7- I used a little dark sepia to scribble in the middle to show lines distorted by the water bending it
8- I used black to put a shadow around the base of the droplet and to the left as the water droplet itself creates a shadow. This bit is usually the most important bit for defining the droplet.

A couple of notes. A water droplet works incredibly similarly to an iris of an eye - probably because they're both curved :D If you look at an iris very carefully you see that where the light enters the eye, there's the catchlight (bright white highlight) which usually falls to one side of the pupil. Surrounding the catchlight the iris is it's darkest colour (except for the very top part of the iris where it's shaded by the top eyelid). Once the light has entered the iris it diffuses and spreads and exits on the opposite side of the pupil to where it entered. So what you find is, right beside the catchlight it's the darkest, then it gradually gets lighter and the brightest colour of the iris is on the opposite side of the iris to the catchlight where the diffused light exits the iris. Hope that makes sense. Here's a diagram.


How the heck did I get onto eyes??? *boggle*

12-14-2005, 02:22 AM
This is just wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I especially love the dew drops.

12-14-2005, 02:29 AM
Thanks Midge :) Sorry, I got a bit carried away and added an eyeball since then *blush*.

12-14-2005, 03:11 AM
This is highly informative and really beautiful! Thanks for sharing :) :clap::clap::clap: colored pencil is a medium I want to (but didn't yet) try out...I'm in watercolors at the moment...did a few graphite pencil drawings (as you can see in my signature)...It's unbeliavable how the layering of different colors make a beautiful drawing like this...any suggestions how to try it out myself? A few pointers on materials and maybe some demo's would be great...

Take care,

12-14-2005, 03:41 AM
Hi Tunek :) Well you've already got skills that will help a lot with CP :) Graphite and drawing is a real good start plus you know a lot about colour with watercolour (your paintings in your signature line are beautiful by the way!).

If you have a look through the CP library here, you'll find loads of great demo's and lessons in there and suggestions on paper etc. Most cp'ers use watercolour paper (hotpress is popular) so you probably have half the supplies you need already :D

Here's the link to the library.
you can also find it on the first page of the cp forum :) Its got pretty much everything you're looking for in there nice and easy to find. I hope you'll come share some of your work with us!

12-14-2005, 04:00 AM
Thanks Wendy :) I appreciate your reply...I'll browse through the library soon...I'm very eager to try different mediums but I'm in lack of time to do so...see the little pumpkin in my avatar? This is our little sunshine Lena who gets the best of me nowadays...art has taken a side road for the moment...but I'm trying to keep up...
Thanks again and hopefully I'll be able to post some of my works here too...:) :wave:

12-14-2005, 04:07 AM
Awww a teeny baby! How gorgeous :D You're most welcome Tunek, it'd be great to see more of you, but of course little Lena comes first!

flowers pencil
12-14-2005, 05:37 AM
Wendy, thanks for the great how too. Just started a sunflower on black paper, and you hint on puting a white layer first under the leaves sure made a difference. Love you little green apples.

12-14-2005, 07:22 AM
I got a box of 120 Prismacolor pencils and a case for my birthday. I can't wait to shrpen them all! I really want to start working in cp and your demo was helpful in giving me some ideas. Also, you suggestions for droplets and for eyes will help me in my oil portraits, too. Thanks for posting this. Sandra

12-14-2005, 07:22 AM
Wendy - you're my hero!!!

No, I won't comment on the apples till I broadened my vocabulary..... But thank you so much for the set up foto! The light is just natural light from the window, right?
One thing I'm concerned about though is the hammer next to your guitar.... ??? :confused: ???

I'll definitely have to practice doing those set ups - would you use colored paper for the back if you're planing on painting on that same paper? - hmmm... why not actually.... hmmmm......

And thanks for the droplets tutorial ... and the eyes.... and underpainting.... (did I mention you're my hero???)

take care,

marilyn h
12-14-2005, 08:06 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous and a volume of information. Thank you!

12-14-2005, 08:33 AM
Thankyou Vi, Asis and Marilyn thats so nice of you to say! :D I'm glad it was some help! I just got a bit carried away again as usual *blush*

LOL on the hammer Amira! hehe ;) It's a mallet I use for my wood sculpting, the table is in my studio where we do picture framing, my art, bone and shell carving, sculpting....everything art related really :D DH had to borrow the mallet the other day to get a tricky picture out of it's frame.

Yep it's just natural light from the window. I'm also experimenting using all sorts of paper in the background, matboards we use for framing and all sorts. It works pretty well and saves on drawing the background! I'm not much of a photographer and I could really do with a tripod to make my pictures clearer so I have to improvise! I find having most of the curtains closed except the ones I want to provide light works really great combined with putting on the electric lights. The natural light comes out all white and bright while the electric lights have a golden glow from other directions which looks quite nice.

I'm really glad there was something useful in all this :)

Marilyn, I just absolutely adore your seahorse!

12-14-2005, 08:41 AM
Great step by step Wendy! You make it look so easy! & your droplets do look like droplets up close!! Thank you for doing this!! :clap: :clap:


12-14-2005, 08:42 AM
oh and I love that chocolate cup in your phot - can I borrow that? :D

12-14-2005, 08:44 AM
No problem Nicole! As soon as I was given that cup I thought of you :D If you'd like some photo's of it, just tell me what you want and I'll...um try :D (psst don't tell anyone I was up this late!)

12-14-2005, 09:28 AM
Wendy this is a wonderful demo!! You have a knack for explaining things so clearly. Thank you!!!!!!!!!:wave: Wanda

Rosa Weitzel
12-14-2005, 09:48 AM
Wendy its just so fun joining in here and reading your demo. Great job, so you carve bone and shell, I started carving rock, "I cut stones" but kinda stopped because Im busy drawing again. I would love to see some of your work.


12-14-2005, 09:50 AM
As ususal you did an outstanding job. I reread it and gained even more from it. Good morning, I just rated this thread. If it doesn't go to the library, I don't know why.

12-14-2005, 10:36 AM
Wendy, this is awesome as usual. Thanks for all the info. I'm rating this thread.

12-14-2005, 10:51 AM
JoAnn I did too.:D

12-14-2005, 11:43 AM
Yep, rating it. And nudging you, Wendy, to start putting the notes together to either market kits, like Ann Kulberg's, get a book deal, or begin offering online courses through your web site. Seriously. Or take over the basic 101 cp class from Cindy if she wants out of it.

You Are Very Good At Teaching.

Thank you! And get carried away more often. Please!

12-14-2005, 01:07 PM
Wendy this all goes to show that there is no one way to learn, or one perfect way to teach, or one sole perfect CP method, regardless how much somebody likes your work. We are all different and bring our strengths and foibles to our work. Thanks so much for sharing yours. This is invaluable for anyone not knowing where to begin. Your step by step method is logical and results in a lovely picture. Its hard to argue with success. Kudos to you, Your Shinyness! I am also rating this one.

12-14-2005, 01:47 PM
wonderful !!! ok I have increase my vocab to prasie more i guess. Love ur water droplets.. and that guitar back.. great shinyness:clap: :clap:, thanks for putting this all together this is so informative. And my god where do u get this speed!!!!!! hope u brush some of it on me :D . Its definetly five stars:)

12-14-2005, 01:52 PM
Ohhh, congrats to you, Wendy, this is a beautiful piece. I think you've really started finding your niche. Of course, until you get bored with doing these! (not that her Shinyness ever gets bored, no way, ;))

12-14-2005, 01:57 PM
Thanks Midge :) Sorry, I got a bit carried away and added an eyeball since then *blush*.

Get carried away all you want! This is sooo great. The eye demo really helped me understand why to shade this way. It all makes sense now.

The doplets are so helpful too. I'm going to be doing bubbles underwater soon and can use some of this info there.

You really are good at explanining things Wendy. It's appreciated more than you will ever know! Keep them coming.

One question. Did you get your am's and pm's right or did I read it wrong? You completed Little Green Apples 2 in an hour and fifteen minutes???!!! Your kidding right? :rolleyes:


12-14-2005, 04:27 PM
Wendy this has been a terrific lesson, thanks for posting it, it has answered some questions that I have been expermenting on and trying to answer for myself. now I'm off to rate this...Kevin

12-14-2005, 05:24 PM
My goodness! I post this and go to bed and suddenly everyones seen it, it's very weird living on the other side of the world sometimes!

Thankyou incredibly much for all the kind comments guys! I'm all .... well amazed :D I just sort of break things down into logical chunks so my little brain can understand it and that's how I explain it. I definitely don't want to set my way up as being the only way, just as a bit of help for those who're having problems with working out where to start, as Weezy said :)

It was an hour and a quarter, but then it is only an 8x10. Once I work out how to do something, it's just doing it that takes time I guess. I don't exactly mean to go fast, I just kinda do because I'm incredibly impatient!

12-14-2005, 05:34 PM
Wendy, dont call it impatience.. coz once am impatient I spoil what am doing:) may be you can say u are more like thorough and fasssst.. :D, the speed is certainly not affecting the quality of your work and thats a big plus!

12-14-2005, 05:48 PM
I wish it was possible to explain how it happens really! I just sort of have all the pencils I want to use in my hand, put down an undercoat, save the highlights and then just go for it and it's done. That's not overly helpful though is it? :D

12-14-2005, 05:59 PM
maybe some one should really stand near you and observe the speed at which u are working:D like a video workshop!What u have said sums up pretty much what i do for several hrs!! :)

12-14-2005, 06:18 PM
I can't believe this whole thread appeared since I checked last. It was already 5 stars (deservedly so) but I rated it anyway.

This is a wonderful demonstration of working on black paper. It is helpful to see just how heavy your white underpainting is. I have read about doing that but it was helpful to see it.


12-14-2005, 06:20 PM
Lol Anne, I thought I'd made it up hehe. I really should read more! Half the time I think I'm being terribly clever only to find everyones been doing what I'm doing all along :D

12-15-2005, 04:04 AM
maybe some one should really stand near you and observe the speed at which u are working like a video workshop!

Oh yes - I'll volunteer !!! May I ????? Please?????? :D

12-15-2005, 06:43 AM
Wendy, thanks so much for doing this WIP. This has been so educational to me. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :D ( I always have to add the clappies )

Yeah, if you ever do some kind of video workshop, I wanna see it. Your work is just awesome. And so shiny too. :) And, aha, I always wondered about your screenname. Now I know.

12-15-2005, 06:20 PM
Rofl, if I got video'd I'd be waayyy too giggly to make any sense at all :D Although when I do my next lot of TV advertising, I'm gonna do a 5 minute demo on some eyes or something to show people what I do. That's gonna take some practise.

12-15-2005, 06:38 PM
Now am wondering hows its gonna be! :D any chance of airing that in US .. am sure lot of us would like to watch u wavvy and giggly :D

12-15-2005, 06:49 PM
Rofl, if I got video'd I'd be waayyy too giggly to make any sense at all :D Although when I do my next lot of TV advertising, I'm gonna do a 5 minute demo on some eyes or something to show people what I do. That's gonna take some practise.

Giggling is good. It'll keep a happy happy mood while you're showing us what you do. :D

12-15-2005, 09:07 PM
GIggles and Wiggles. That is now your new name. If you put it on in the US I would sure watch. In fact, if you make a video I would buy it! (Don't make it too expensive, cause I am not rich lol)

12-16-2005, 12:15 AM
Bobcat raises both paws...... I wanna buy one, I wanna buy one!!!!!!!

12-16-2005, 12:33 AM
Rofl! Well maybe I better take a little movie with my digicam and stick it on my website or something heheh :) You guys are funny :D

My tv spots are on this teeny wee local station unfortunately so not even that many people in THIS country can see it :) I reckon if I do a demo on tv I'll not only be giggling etc, I'll be shaking...should be an interesting demo :) Still if I can do that live on tv, I reckon I can do about anything :)

12-16-2005, 03:59 AM
Well maybe I better take a little movie with my digicam and stick it on my website or something
now THAT's a good idea!!!

12-16-2005, 09:46 PM
now THAT's a good idea!!!

I agree. OK Wendy, better get busy. :D

12-17-2005, 01:47 AM
Hehe you guys! Okay no worries, I'll do one after christmas and stick it on my site and you'll be able to laugh yourself silly at me :D