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Old 04-24-2019, 09:50 PM
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First Light

First Light

Prismacolor pencil and marker
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Image size is 18" x 18"

This is a landscape that really appeals to me.
It is backlit with soft morning light filtering through the vegetation.
I think its has a very spiritual feel.

I am experimenting with Prismacolor markers.
I am using French Gray to define the silhouette of the trees and vines and I will eventually layer pencil on top of this underpainting.
I think (and hope) this may speed up the process, and i think I can cover this initial layout with subsequent layers of pencil.

We shall see how this pans out.

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Old 04-25-2019, 03:45 PM
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Looks very good so far. Should be a lovely picture when finished
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:11 AM
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This is going to be beautiful. Thanks for sharing the experiment with us. It will be interesting to see how the marker works out with the pencil.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:03 PM
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Re: First Light

Thanks Elinor and Elaine.

I should mention a couple of things wrt to the Prismacolor markers.
I have used French Grey 10% and 30% and 60%.

I have used the pointed end (versus the blunt or wedge end) with a scribbling technique so I didn't totally flatten the subject. I want to create some texture.

And I have chosen to use the markers only where I know they can be hidden by a hard edge, and hidden by adding layers of darker color.

I did not use them where I want a soft edge because I know that I will not be able to hide any overlap of the marker.

For example I would not use marker in the well lit central portion of this landscape. It was tempting because I do have appropriate color markers, but I know that the overlap of the marker would be problematic.

And you cannot erase the marker.
It saturates the paper ... and it is permanent.

I will say that the marker really helped to navigate my outline. Once I filled in the dark objects with marker, it helped immeasurably to reference and compare changes in color and value elsewhere.

But I would be careful about using this technique.
Great time saver but I suggest that they be used judiciously.
Caveat emptor.

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Old 05-02-2019, 09:18 AM
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I use markers similar to how you use them...they work great.

Nice start to this.
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It's looking great. I always wanted to use marker, however, never did, not brave enough.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:22 PM
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Re: First Light

Thanks Marks mom.

Thanks Karen. I can only suggest that you give the markers a try. Maybe try the markers on a small sample piece where you don't have a lot at risk. I understand what you say because we all hate to lose time on something that didn't work out as planned. But maybe experiment on a small piece where you don't have a lot of time invested.

I think I will work on the right hand side of the image and establish the color selection and value.

I think that may simplify the exercise because I can use the same process on the left hand side.

I am using olive green as a base and unifying element. I am using dark green and spring green as appropriate.

I will work dark to light and leave the soft background until the end.

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The light you’re getting in this is gorgeous!
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Love what youve done look forward to seeing more
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Thanks for the tip Richard
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I am really enjoying seeing the progression of this.
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Re: First Light

Thanks Elaine and Mary and Brissie and Graphicali.

You're welcome Karen ... try it ... you might like it.

I like to share my progress.
But I also like to share my self critique so you can see where i intend to go next.

And I know that wrt to the left side (that is the other right side) ... I need to go much darker ... I am probably only half way to the goal line.

I also am questioning the blue sky and think that I may need to add gray green to tone it down.

I like to capture as much detail as possible at this stage of the process.
And once I have the detail, then I focus on value and pump up the contrast.

Thanks for looking
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This is gorgeous! I would never have guts to attempt something with this much detail.
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Re: First Light

I think your experiment has worked well. It's a wonderful picture, the landscape and the light are really inviting. Love all the shapes in the foliage.
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