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Old 04-03-2012, 07:14 PM
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Re: WIP...new attempt

I thank you all for the encouragement....as I now lift my head up off the drawing table!
The image size is 28"x30"...what was I thinking???!!! Probably because my graphite portraits are usually large.....
I do feel better....the stockings on the 2nd figure actually look like nylons (I think!).
THANK GOD there is no deadline except my own self imposed one....I'm headed to DC the last week of April and wanted to take it with me.....maybe not.

One question that I probably should have asked sooner....what is the best type of paper to use (especially doing portraits)? This is on Strathmore Bristol smooth but it is still difficult to get the skin to look smooth.This one is wayyyy better than the 1st CP portrait I did....I like the portrait but the skin looked "pebbly" or something (I posted that one sometime ago...still haven't figured out to get my cp skin to looked like Anne Kuhlberg's! LOL! (I know, I know, I know....got many, many, many more years of practice before that happens!)
But thanks for the help and encouragement...I worked a couple more hours on today and will post again tomorrow maybe. (My phone doesn't take very clear pictures..or maybe it's me! but I'll see if I can get someone else to take a photo and post it)
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There will be many different opinions on that but I use Canson Mi-Teintes and Stonehenge...it is looking great
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Do you use the smooth side of Canson's??
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Do you use the smooth side of Canson's??
Yes, makes for a really nice piece
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Looking fabulous! I admire your perseverance...especially with the pattern in the dress! The most I have ever done is three and yes it was tedious...but as others have said it will be well worth the effort in the end.

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I've spent approximately 18 more hours in the past week on the drawing and I do get frustrated, want to "throw in the towel" but I keep picking up the pencils and going forward.
I think I probably need (I want to) to see a "real" colored pencil drawing...or maybe not. (No I've never seen the work of a colored pencil artist except in books)
Again I apologize if the image looks fuzzy and the original photo being in the first post!
but, oh well here is what I have so far....:

Help needed:
I penciled in the background with graphite (my intent was to combine graphite and colored pencils) but as I have moved forward with the drawing my dilemma is the solid block of "black" formed by the 3rd & 4th figures next to each other and the 4th figure has a black scarf which will be against the black background! Any suggestions on how I can resolve this dilemma?
I've thought of changing the color of the 3rd figures dress (artistic license?) and making the scarf another color (navy blue?)

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Re: WIP...new attempt

This is looking fantastic and really worth all those hours you have put in .

Of course you can use artistic license I just love the patterns and colours in the outfits of the first two figures. Is there any reason why you couldn't change the other figures outfits even slightly? If you do decide to change the scarf colour I would suggest something a little lighter than navy blue only because as you have already realised you need them to stand out from the background.

Keep going its looking really amazing

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Re: WIP...new attempt

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I penciled in the background with graphite (my intent was to combine graphite and colored pencils) but as I have moved forward with the drawing my dilemma is the solid block of "black" formed by the 3rd & 4th figures next to each other and the 4th figure has a black scarf which will be against the black background! Any suggestions on how I can resolve this dilemma?
I've thought of changing the color of the 3rd figures dress (artistic license?) and making the scarf another color (navy blue?)


My blacks are never used for a black color I pretty much never use black, I mostly use tuscan red and indigo blue, I would suggest keeping with your background as you have it and if you do use the Tuscan red laid down first and then the indigo blue it will result in a nice deep rich black that is different from the background. Very nice coloring...you are picking up speed on this piece and is coming together very nicely.
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Ouhh this is comnig along great! Your family is gonna be so pleased..
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Your family will surely love it ! It is great and WOW ,what a size !
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It's looking wonderful, what a surprise this is going to be (:
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Re: WIP...new attempt

George924, thank you for the idea to use tuscan red and indigo blue to create a different "black"!!! I did use them and added "expresso (brown)" on top to make the sweater an even different shade of "black"!! I think it works..
Sooo another two days of consistent working (still not finished) and I've got the fourth figure's face, flower & shirt to complete but I'm getting to like what I have done!
I've added some indigo blue into the background also.....
Any suggestions? Also I've read that you should rub a soft cloth over colored pencil to get rid of "wax bloom".....I don't see any (don't know what it is exactly) but should I use a soft cloth and rub over the entire drawing?? Won't it smear?
Here's what I now have done....... (again apologies for the camera phone "fuzzyness")
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Re: WIP...new attempt

I really don't worry about wax bloom until the end of the painting..but if you start to see the color get a white cloud then I just use a cotton ball or tissue and rub in circles, like waxing a car. No it won't smear it will get a nice shiny surface to it.

This piece is turning out better and better every time you post the updates...I really like the expresso, It gives the piece a deeper and nicely richer color...I'll have to play with this combination of colors...
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Wow, just stunning so far. I am watching this with delight.
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Re: WIP...new attempt

Well, I've finally finished the drawing! I've learned a lot of what not to do using colored pencils so maybe the next project will be simpler!! I used different pencils on the fourth figure...I had read in some book about Verithins and Colorerase pencils but I didn't read any where where it said those pencils incised the paper like a knife!! So the face of the fourth figure has incised lines running through it...which would be ok if I meant for them to be where they are....it was quite difficult trying to "fill them" in with color. Don't know if I succeeded. I'm just glad I'm done. Won't do anything in colored pencil that size (28x30) again!!!! LOL! Whew...i'm done!
(Again I apologize for the fuzziness of my phone camera picture taking skills!)

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