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06-01-2010, 06:28 AM
We don't see much work in colour pencil (cp) in the main classical forum or in the projects so here is a project for cp enthusiasts.

Copy one of the paintings below in cp. Or choose one of your favourite master artworks to make a study. You can copy the whole painting or just the part which interests you!

Post your finished work (and WIP) here. Also any interesting links on cp. And also any tips and techniques.

I have a big box of colour pencils but I never use them. Although I loved using them as a kid...Now's the time to get them out of the box and into the masterclass.

Happy colouring!!:clap:


06-01-2010, 06:31 AM

Monet- haystack


Ingres- portrait

Have fun!;)

06-01-2010, 06:35 AM
Squidoo lens with links to cp sites


Here are 2 more Monet's. I personally think the impressionists are rather good for cp copies, which is why I'm including a couple more.


Monet- promenade


Monet- lillies.

Monet's dates:1840-1926

So copies can be made.:smug:

06-01-2010, 09:32 AM
This will be good, June, I too have a box of colored pencils, unused. That Ingres looks a little too daunting for me....think I'll try something a bit more muddled. :)

06-01-2010, 02:19 PM
Hi Janet. I put in the Ingres for contrast. I too think I'll do a muddly one, like the Monet. Of course feel free to do your favourite artwork/artist...if its not pictured here!!

06-02-2010, 09:06 AM
Ah, this sounds interesting. I have a love hate relationship with color pencil and constantly debate if I should buy more or sell more. LOL. I'll give this a try to give my few boxes some use.

06-04-2010, 07:51 AM
good opportunity for an old standby

06-04-2010, 09:34 AM
Here is my first attempt...a Van Gogh. Got a bit tangled up in the swirls and vines.


and the original:

:heart: :heart: :heart:

06-05-2010, 02:19 AM
That's a pretty good copy, Janet. Great entanglements.

I did two based on Klimt's work.

Prismacolor pencils
Fabriano Artist Journal 7 x 9 inch


06-06-2010, 08:42 AM
Hi Janet. You captured the van Gogh swirl feeling so well.

Hi Sandra, I love the bright colours in your portrait.

I am thinking about it ....but not started anything yet!!

06-06-2010, 05:13 PM
June, wow, you are so patient to do all those squares. You know, color pencils do always give me the impression that it has only faint colors. I'll do one too in even stronger colors. Have to test out my Prismacolors again and prove to myself that I don't need to buy a new set. LOL.

06-07-2010, 07:41 AM
I am deleting my copy of Bonnard's dog and Bonnard's nude from this thread because I just discovered he died in 1947 and so copyright still covers his work.

I'll post another nude instead. And I will do another cp copy later.

CPs are rather good to use when sitting watching TV!!

06-07-2010, 07:57 AM

Seurat- the models.:wave:

Seurat 1859-1891

Copies can be made.

(I am getting feverish about this copyright issue!!):D :D

06-15-2010, 10:55 AM
Love your Klimt girls, Sandra. They look like they are going to break into a Charleston any minute.

I am not a big fan of Seurat, but this painting is beautiful.

Here is a Gwen John (1876-1939)

"The Pilgrim"....


and the original


I'm new to CP and have to look up some techniques/overlays to make the color deeper. :heart:

06-15-2010, 11:19 AM

Here's a part of the Seurat painting in cp. I started out trying to do the dot technique of the neo-imprssionists, but realised it would take forever! So I switched to cross-hatching and then to just stroking on the colours. I really like cp...and it would be good to explore it more. I left this one fairly faint but maybe I'll look for a post-impressionist piece to do in bolder colour. :)

Janet, I like your Gwen John piece. Her work suits the delicate/faint cp approach I think. Did you like using your cps??


06-15-2010, 02:17 PM
My color in the Gwen John got all faded out when I scanned it...so either I have to go brighter or enhance, which I'd rather not do. Need to experiment a little more than I'll try another.

Your Seurat is lovely and you get a nice balance of color...so I'm back to the drawing board to see what I can learn.

Was just thinking that Degas might be a good artist to try. Sort of pastel into CP.

I have a mish-mash of CP's. Some very good ones and a bunch from the $1 store and I find the medium a little boring...probably because I'm just starting out and haven't a clue. Glad to have a two monther for practice. :heart: :heart:

06-16-2010, 02:13 AM
Hi Janet. I like your new avatar!!

I think Degas would be a good artist for cp copies. I might try Gauguin next.

I have good cps (Derwent) which I bought years ago when I visited the Derwent pencil-making factory. I also have boxes of cheapies. The cheap ones don't give rich colour. So I am using the Derwent for this.

If you press really hard on the pencil you get good colour coverage, but you can end up 'greasing' the paper. Luckily, cp rubs out!! Great if you make mistakes.

I want to experiment a bit more before I ramble over to cp forum or look at external links for advice.

Looking forward to seeing your Degas!!

06-16-2010, 09:42 AM

An attempt at a Gauguin painting in cp.

I had trouble fitting her onto the piece of paper but its not too bad a fit. I did about 2 hours work then got tired. I expect you could keep going over the colour to achieve deeper colour effects; but I feel OK with the pale colour for figures.

I read somewhere that if you use cp on black paper, you get much richer colour effects. I suppose you could also try cp on various coloured pastel papers.

I think I'll try one of my ink doodles in cp colour next. Maybe also a master copy on black or dark paper.:wave:

06-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Janet, June, both of you did fabulous Seurat pieces. I am looking at one Seurat black and white drawing and am planning to give it color too. I like his figures. Very innocent approach.

You know, for the longest time, I don't like cp's because they are so light but now that I look at it, there is a charm to these lighter renditions because they fit in storybooks. It's good practice.

If you have cheapie cp's, try using odorless spirit, rubbing alcohol to wash it and give it a watercolor effect, then layer a couple more times for details. If you have watercolor pencils, wash it and then layer some more for stronger colors.

Color pencils are better done on small pieces like 3x4 or 4x6 inches. Any bigger, you need watercolor as background to ease the strain on your wrist and fingers and to avoid losing steam. I did a piece of a Japanese girl at lunch and even though it was half page, it still took a while.

Do use it on dark color paper. Remember not to press too hard, but layer. If you have Colorfix primer, put some on the sheet and it would accept even more layers.

I was thinking of using my Walnut Hollow oil pencils which are coloring pencils for wood. I plan to do them on black. Is that allowed?

June, your Gaugin piece is very good. The curves on her body and the expression on the face. Exquisite. That's one thing great about colored pencils, you could do fine details.

FC Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils
Black gel pen
Canson 120 lbs watercolor paper hot press 9x12 inch half page
Image based on Hiroshige's work.


06-16-2010, 10:33 PM
I went ahead and did another favorite piece of Daumier in colored pencils today.

I swear this is the last time I would use Col-Erase pencils to do draft outline. Groan. I'm just too heavy handed and the yellow lines are irreparable. Nevertheless, I made do with it.

Derwent Drawing Pencils - finally, it comes in handy for a large piece like this. I bought only the basic six again and chocolate and black are my favorite colors. The rest are Venetian red, terracotta and brown ochre
FC Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils - 2 oranges, 1 yellow and 1 blue - no wash
Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brush

It's like going home, this piece. I like Daumier's work so much and it's really within my comfort zone for expression.

Academie Heavyweight sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch full page

Rarely do I do so large a piece and I spent around 1.5 hours total at breakfast, break, lunch and after dinner for this one. :lol:

Here's the original image (http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=daumier+third+class+carriage&aq=0&aqi=g2&aql=&oq=daumier+t&gs_rfai=). The Third Carriage. I threw in some Asian features in them. Can't help it.


06-17-2010, 03:02 AM
Sandra, your Daumier copy is just brilliant. I love the expressiveness and the colour. The front row of people all look individual and great characters. I think you have a very good connection to Daumier for style!

I also like the flowing lines in the copy of Hiroshige.

I think cp can be very versatile. You just need to explore them in various ways.:thumbsup:

06-18-2010, 07:23 AM
wow, ya'll are going great guns in here!!!! No time for comments. Thanks for a great start to the day. Later

06-20-2010, 02:31 PM
OMG, this is the first time I realized how Derwent Graphitint worked on black paper. I've never even bothered to check it out and constantly think of getting rid of the set but today, I'm convinced I'm going to keep the set after all.

This piece is based on Francisco Goya's The Colossus 1802-1812 here (http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&q=francisoc+goya%2C+the+colossus&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=) in response to the http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/misc/paperclip.gif Colour pencil copies for June and July, 2010 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624136) challenge.

For many times, I kept wanting to reach for my Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel sticks to lay down large swabs of color. I looked at the sky and thought, "Shoot, this prismacolor pencil tip is going to take me ages." If I were doing watercolor, I would know exactly to reach for my Daniel Smith Lunar Blue, Lunar Black and some new Primatek colors I just bought. If it were oil pastel, I know exactly which Holbein oil pastel and Sennelier oil pastel I would reach for but my 120 pc Prismacolor set just doesn't have that very very dark green that I was looking for. I don't know why it didn't have that shade. Or a very very dark blue.

Then I looked at my Graphitint set and I tried to find a good color for the dark sky against this black sheet. :lol: And then, when I put the black on, it shone like silver, I was stunned. It's like the Derwent Metallic colors that I got rid of altogether only that it's brighter!!!... and I knew then what to do. This one is going on my wall.

65 lb black cardstock from Michael's with Colorfix black primer 8.5 x 11 inch
Prismacolor pencils
Derwent Graphitint pencils


My 120 pc set of Polychromos colored pencils is coming tomorrow and I'm curious what it could do for me on black paper. I'm totally excited about it.

06-21-2010, 12:00 AM
Sandra - very interesting lighting glowing effect on that Goya study. I like the Daumier alot too - good depth and contrast between the gray and yellow and the line work is just enought to bring out detail but not too much. Oriental umbrella piece is sweet. I like the sleeves alot The Klimt piece is colorful and doesn't she have an interesting expression. I like this one of yours best- lots of nice textures too--especially the wavy hair

June - really nice Gauguin study. I like the way the yellows light it up, add a bit of cheer

Janet - fun Van Gogh piece. Very good copy of the Gwen portrait. My she is sitting up straight!!

June - the part of Seurat's is very nice. I like the way you maintained the lines but they are so small they blend nicely. Good drawing job too.

06-21-2010, 02:09 AM
Great stuff from everyone thus far. It's been ages since I did anything in coloured pencil. But every Sunday, I get together with a few friends and we do a "hobby evening", i.e. we sit around a table drinking and chatting and everyone keeps his/her hands busy with a hobby, like scrap booking or whatever. Beats watching TV any time! Mine is usually art related, and last Sunday I did this somewhat rough copy of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting from a book. Unfortunately much of the colour got rather distorted in the photograph and I couldn't fix it even with fairly extensive Photoshopping. So just trust me when I say the original looks rather better! ;-)


06-21-2010, 03:17 AM
Sandra, the pencils work so well on black paper. Atmospheric! I think I will try my cp on black gesso...for extra tooth...asap.

Brian, I love this lily. Beautiful flowing lines....especially love the veins on the leaf.

06-22-2010, 12:19 AM
Beautiful pieces, I like seeing how everyone handles the copies differently.

I'd like two show two, if I may

I did a close-up of William Whitaker's The Secret. Mine is done with prismacolors on rust red mat board. 8.5"x 12" or something near that.


I also did a simplified version of Alphonse Mucha's Dance. Also done in prismacolors 10.5"x 14" in a sketch book


06-22-2010, 12:39 AM
Brian, you do have such a healthy way to pass weekends. You didn't watch soccer matches? World Cup is on. Beautiful flower close up. The flower petals are very nicely shaded.

June, thanks for comments. Do let us know how it works with black gesso. For some reason, I thought gesso might peel off if you apply too much pressure. I gessoed a piece of wood before to paint and then changed my mind and used oil pastel and as I rubbed, it came off.

Spirit, absolutely gorgeous pieces. The first piece is stunning because it utilizes red too for her face. Very inspiring and refreshing. Never thought red on red would go so well. Thanks for sharing this with us. And the Alphonse Mucha's piece is charming and you gave her softer and romantic colors!

Here's mine today done quickly at lunch time in the car.

Derwent Graphitint
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch 3/4 page
Image based on Edgar Degas' The Baker's Wife


06-22-2010, 08:57 PM
Brian, you do have such a healthy way to pass weekends. You didn't watch soccer matches? World Cup is on.

Well, I don't know whether all that drawing is healthy, but the drinking surely must be. :D

As for the soccer, I am not much into it, but I did watch the opening game seeing as it was my country's team that played. And they did surprisingly well too, considering they are ranked only number 83 in the world.

Spirit: wonderful drawings! You really have the touch for classical art; I have sort of given up on it! Is that Mucha copy entirely in coloured pencil, or did you do the line work in ink?

06-23-2010, 01:16 AM
It's so rare to hear that friends get together to do hobbies together. I wish I have a few artist friends around here. Haven't found any yet.

I went back to the Degas piece and colored it more with the Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.


06-25-2010, 07:37 AM
Sandra, the Degas nude is lovely and solid.

Spirit, its so lovely to see cp on coloured papers. Really effective.

06-25-2010, 04:47 PM
All of these works are well done, such great fun to see them.

06-25-2010, 08:20 PM
Thank you, June, Barbara, for your comments.

Barbara, you have some really nice abstract pieces. Really like the ghostly piece, and the fuzzy flower one. Not to mention the Japanese piece - outstanding.

06-30-2010, 07:31 AM
Hi, I stumbled across your fantastic thread and, although I have never studied the classics like you people seem to have, I really like the Monet Promenade so I thought I would have a go. We have until the end of July to finish? I hope it doesn't take me that long.
Oh good someone else draws in front of the tv. Cheers....must get back to Monet

06-30-2010, 11:18 AM
Everyone is going great guns with their cp's. Now that I see the different ways you all are using your cp's....I think I'll try a few more.

June, like your Gauguin....very soft and I like the cross-hatching.

Sandra, I call your Hiroshige "The Lady in the Fur Coat". I know it isn't a fur coat, but it's the first thing I thought of when I saw your lovely cp.
You know I like your copy of Daumier..the color and people are great. The Degas nude seems to lend itself to cp.
Great effects with cp on black and thanks for posting your progress. Makes me want to give it a try.

Brian...a lovely, flowing O'Keefe

Hi, Spirit...Interesting and well done portait in red...A sparkling Mucha (one of my favorite artists)

Hi. Ikan(Kerry) Glad to see you here and looking forward to seeing your Monet.

Well :thumbsup: to everyone....janet

06-30-2010, 02:18 PM
WElcome Ikan...looking forward to seeing your cp version of Monet's works!!

06-30-2010, 08:51 PM
Thank you or your welcome Janet and June. I am quite excited about this, haven't used cp for years. This website is very encouraging and inspirational not to mention educational. Here is my attempt at Monet.


c&c welcome

07-01-2010, 06:39 AM
Kerry, I really like your Monet...I can feel the wind. You also simplified the painting slightly making it your own. Beautiful colors in the grass. :heart:

07-01-2010, 08:06 AM
Thank you Janet it was quite a challenge. The scan came up better than I thought it would.

07-01-2010, 12:27 PM
I love the sun on the woman's dress. Also the child in the background is very nicely done. I agree with Janet that the grass colours are beautiful...rich and varied!

07-02-2010, 12:57 AM
Thank you June. I had a look through your website. I really like your colourful style of painting and fantastic drawings.

07-05-2010, 10:37 PM
Ikan - really a nice piece....you got alot of strength outta those "weak" pencils

07-06-2010, 12:25 AM
Thank you Robin. I can be a bit heavy handed that's why I stick to acrylics and avoid watercolour

07-13-2010, 09:43 AM
Hello classisists, I've been away from this site for far too long. The classical forum has inspired me again and I'm blowing the dust off my set of 24 coloursoft pencil crayons. I very rarely use them. I decided this would be a good way to ease myself back into artworking here again.

You are all doing such good things, all so lively and full of your own personalities. Its fascinating to see all the individual responses. I so wish I could be less of a straight copier and be more interpretive. But I'm not going to worry about that for now because its been so enjoyable to sit comfortably at a table with just a few crayons, (I used only about half of the tin) and just marvel at such a master painter. I love Pissaro, I think he doesn't get the attention he deserves and he shouldn't be eclipsed by the other impressionists as he so often seems to be.

This painting is called The Poultry Market, Pontoise (1882) and according to my rather ancient book is in Los Angeles. Its 115 x 80 cms so quite large. I did the copy in an A4 sofcover sketchbook. I'm going to keep this book for doing master copies in pencil and crayon. It doesn't have many pages so hopefully it will soon be full and I can buy another one!

looking at this on the screen -its got slightly altered by the scanning process- I can see I haven't got Pissaro at all! So maybe there is more of me coming through than I realised. I'm very sorry I made such a hash of such a great painting though.


07-13-2010, 11:28 AM
Wonderful sketchy style and colors, Xina. Please post some more.

You've been inspired by Pissaro and made it your own. :thumbsup:

07-13-2010, 12:29 PM
Ikan, I kept forgetting to comment on your piece. Absolutely love the billowing skirt and the blue and yellow you used. You have lightened it up and it's fit for a storybook!

Xina, welcome back. I think you have bathed the painting with light and made it even more cheery. I like the prettier girl in the center than the one by Pontoise.

07-22-2010, 12:10 PM
Xina, I love your approach with layering in a loose technique. Post more when you do them.

I think the impressionist artworks are very well suited to cp. interpretations. I haven't opened the cp box for a couple of weeks...