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Old 08-08-2019, 06:20 PM
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Through the doorway

Hopefully I've got this right, tell me if I need to do something different. This is only my 4th drawing back after a long hiatus. Critique and comments, tips and pointers more than welcome. I'm having great difficulty in working out how to add white/highlights back into a piece.

This picture is on A4 Daler Rowney 150g using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

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Old 08-10-2019, 01:32 PM
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Re: Through the doorway

Looks good. You can get some whitish highlights out by using mounting putty made into a point and dabbing the spots you want lighter or by using cello tape, an erasing shield and a stylus. You will seldom get back the original white of the paper. Some colour always remains. You can also try a white gellyroll pen which works quite well on top of coloured pencil. I have never used Alyona Nicholsen's powder blender but I understand that is really good. You can find info on YouTube at Lachri fine art. Peggy, (Anniecanjump), uses the latter for the whiskers and fur on her animal artworks. You can look her up on this forum. Hope you find something that will help. The other thing you can do is to add more layers of pencil to give more vibrancy to the piece. But, we all have our own preferences and lots of artists like the softer more muted look. I just happen to like brighter colours.
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Old 08-10-2019, 01:44 PM
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Re: Through the doorway

Thanks. I will have a look at all those suggestions. White pen seems the simplest to start with so will give that a try.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:47 AM
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Re: Through the doorway

Hello Honesty,

Your painting looks like a great place to visit and relax!

I enjoy the variety of textures you created in bricks, stone, and wood.
Not a quick and easy thing to do!

Mary Flora
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:08 AM
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Thanks. Its actually a local National Trust site, with a very nice little cafe in it! In total I think this took me between 8 and 10 hours.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:39 PM
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Re: Through the doorway

I have just spent about 80 hours on a paper bag! Now I will put a tabby cat in the bag with just his head out. More time- more layers - more color and detail!
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:07 AM
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Thatís a lot of hours!

Not sure if itís the paper, the pencils, or my technique but Iím not getting many layers down before the colour goes super waxy and wonít take any more.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:51 AM
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Re: Through the doorway

Honesty --


I ran into that difficulty too -- and then -- duh - realized i was pressing too firmly while building up the layers --


dropped back to a whisper touch and could employ many layers. Also when you blend (tortillon or blender pencil) -- do it lightly as well.





AND I really like this work -- I like seeing the strokes and muted effect that they create



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Old 08-13-2019, 06:13 AM
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Re: Through the doorway

thanks. I think I'm being heavy handed with the blender pencil based on what you're saying, as I'm really light with the pencils themselves.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:05 AM
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Honesty --
Because of this sample of your work - I am going to STRONGLY recommend this magical book I got yesterday (used on amazon) -- you may already have it BUT if you don't - I STRONGLY suggest you get it -- in the main it deals with the kind of marks and approach you and I favor -- it has advice and techniques on blending that I've seen nowhere else. (And I have several other books and have watched a gazillion youtube videos.)

The title is very deceptive: Basic Colored Pencil Techniques by Bet Borgeson.

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That's really good.
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