View Full Version : A Couple of Dahlias (x-post cp)

09-21-2007, 09:09 PM
I posted these over in colored pencil where I usually hang out and someone suggested I post them here too. I didn't even realize this forum was started.

Both of these are 8x10, cp on Dura-lar matte drafting film. I have just started to work on this this summer and love it.

WIP thread in cp: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=445104

WIP thread in cp: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=442843


09-21-2007, 09:12 PM
Ohhh these are both absolutely gorgeous! I really LOVE the colors and the textures of the petals in both of them.

Well I'm glad someone told you about this forum...WELCOME :)

Lady Carol
09-21-2007, 09:46 PM
Terrific. Wonderful drawings.

09-22-2007, 01:02 AM
These are fantastic! I especially love the first one. So glad you found us.

09-22-2007, 07:17 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome Deb, Carol and Celeste.


09-22-2007, 11:56 AM
I like the detail you achieved with pencils on these 2 Dahlias. Very, very pretty.


Charlie's Mum
09-22-2007, 05:26 PM
Welcome Anne - good to have you and the work here!
I like both of these - tremendous detail in the first, but the second is stunning! Gorgeous colour.

09-23-2007, 08:04 AM
Lovely colours, how do you like to work on the Dura-lar matte drafting film.
I have worked a lot in CP, but I never tried on this kind of paper.

09-23-2007, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the welcome Maureen. Glad you liked the Dahlias.

Ranunkel, I have only done a few pieces with it but I like it very much. It goes much quicker than paper because you get excellent color coverage in just a couple of layers. That can also be a disadvantage because you can only get 3-4 layers max on each side. I never used a lot of layers anyway so it wasn't difficult for me to adjust. Once you get used to thinking that way, it's not much of a problem but the first time, you may run out of tooth before you're done.

The colors are brighter than paper so you have to learn your colors all over again. Even so, I have had a few surprises.

I like the fact that I can get a full value range pretty easily (you have to mix your darks but about 3 layers does the job with an extra on the back) and I am able to get nice sharp edges when I want them. I will definately be doing more work on the drafting film.


09-24-2007, 12:38 AM
wonderful work!!!!!
thanks for posting - love the composition in both - a lesson in itself!!!!

09-24-2007, 01:27 AM
Both are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

09-24-2007, 05:32 AM
I think these are just gorgeous! Have been hearing about the drafting film & am working up my courage to try it. Thanks for posting these!


09-24-2007, 08:15 AM
Lovely! Very nice detail in both of them.