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Old 08-10-2015, 12:32 PM
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You are most welcome Brissie, it's nice to have a place to put all these little tips and tricks into one spot for easy reference.
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Tip on creating good blacks. Often as colored pencil users we tend to use the right pencil for the right job, but then we get to black, and find it hard to achieve a good coverage or depth of black that we need. It often ends up being more gray than we intend, as a solution to this one can try layering dark red, blue, and green to achieve a richer dark. The idea here is for the layers of colors to absorb all the colors of light leaving no color to reflect back, thus appearing black.

You can also layer these colors under or over black to further push that depth of color and are more likely to achieve the look one often seeks when trying to make a black. Solvents used with this method an also produce a VERY dark dark dark black. Lastly, the tooth of the surface can further enhance the appearance of black, it is quite difficult to get a good dark black on a very smooth surface, as the paper tooth will only accept so much pigment (even dissolved). Thus toothier surfaces often will allow for a much richer saturation of color.
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What kind or brand of paper does everyone like to use?
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Hi everyone, very new to CP but found this thread quite by chance - it's SO amazingly helpful!
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nena, I like most kinds of paper it is more of a matter for what purpose. Sketching is most any kind of paper, for more finished work I really like Stonehenge by the sheet (not the pads). This of course only applies to paper, my preferred surface is either Pastelbord (for professional work) or homemade panels with a custom chalk gesso.

There are a ton of excellent hot pressed watercolor papers, most anything 120lb to 250gsm or over is simply fantastic to work on. Fabriano, Arches, Canson, Strathmore, and so on, all good.

antidotepictures, I am thrilled that this thread is proving useful to someone. I had long meant to share my growing list of tips and tricks, really just different tools for different purposes. It is good to know they might be useful to others.

In fact, after some time of messing around my craft foam shading technique, I realized that I had not been using craft foam to it's full potential. We often buy very specific tools for blending, and in doing so generally find ourselves having to adjust to the edges that tool provides. I have started making my own blending tools out of craft foam. Pictured here is a small rectangular piece I have been using one edge of to do some blending on dry layers, this also works well for use with solvent, the foam soaks it up and allows for very even distribution of it without leaving brushstrokes behind. It requires practically no pressure to smooth colors, it blends areas together, and it cleans out with water (soap too if you used a solvent).

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I recently mentioned using rhythm lines in ones works to connect various elements of a work to another area. As an example I thought I would show this in a figure (as those are sometimes difficult to do but easier to see rhythm lines in for me), so this drawing is from my sketchbook, actually just done in graphite, and completely from imagination. . . yes I'd been watching Star Wars recently. . . Return of the Jedi is the best. I don't think there was an image like this position in the movie but the outfit struck me and I found myself mindlessly scribbling away.

I have shown a few rhythm lines that go through the form, the line itself actually disappears as we can see from the second image, but the feel of the line flows through the form and connects one part of the work to another.





I apologize that it's from my sketchbook and thus pretty small (I rarely draw much larger than 2 or 3 inches by 3 or 4 in size) as such when shown here it's a bit larger than in my sketchbook but I thought that might also make the lines easier to see. This is a tip for connecting the works and doesn't always have to be so literal with referring to lines, it could just be sharp value contrasts, as might be seen in a landscape of a mountain range, where a "line" is created by the edge of the mountain and disappears into a more midground element and the "line" is then picked up by a building in the foreground. This kind of thing links pieces of a painting together in a wonderful way and makes things feel harmonious even in spite of a lack of harmony often.

If you haven't tried this kind of thing before just load up a picture of something and try tracing the lines that flow from one element to another along a figure or in a landscape.
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Today I posted about color mixing with colored pencils and because I found that thread so useful I thought I should share it here:

Using Primaries

Further more, I realized something while I was typing a rather long response there, color swatches are both an excellent way to test the paper and color mixes you can get through layering pencils. Even more than that though, was the fact that they are an incredible way to warm up the hand for drawing for the day in addition to all the gains of color knowledge one learns from doing them.

Instead of sitting down and doing swatches for endless hours, just pick a few colors that you haven't already done and start testing them in different layering and applications on a sheet of paper. Swatches can be rather dry and boring to do for a long time, but a few pencils and mixes a day can quickly make one become very familiar with the handling of their pencils and also their various color mixing potential. Also, trying to draw from a raw state first thing in the day can be rather challenging, as the hand doesn't seem to have very good pressure control or handling control right at the beginning of the day. I usually will do a few sketches in my sketchbook (which are pretty bad) before I start working on something important, but making swatches works for warming up as well. By the time I was done with my swatches and sketch, my hand felt under control and I could make very deliberate lines and smooth gradients without strain or stress.

I strongly suggest trying a few mixes a day, and would even say try keeping them on a sheet of paper you intend to keep for reference. It's very useful to know how to mix up some specific color you might normally need to go find an exact pencil or color for.
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How is blending with brushes different in effect from blending with a colorless blender?

Colorless blender will PUSH pigment into the paper identations. Brushes move pigment OUT. The result is very different. Colorless blender tend to push towards a more burnished state while brushes go on the opposite direction.
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I just bought this paper and was not sure what to do with it Now, I know
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Walnut oil...probably smells better than the lighter fluid I grew up using...thanks for all the good tips.
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