Re: Dragon's Cave
Hi all. I appreciate your comments on this picture, and the "Praying Mantis" before it. Some of you have asked about the medium, so it's mainly Prismacolor pencils on 14"x16" Strathmore Vellum Bristol. I like the tooth of the vellum as the colored pencil needs something to fill into or will be very flat looking.
After I apply several related pencil colors rather hard, I go over it all with white colored pencil. Then I scrape most of this off with a serrated bread knife (to leave a texture effect). Then I use a pink eraser until it all has some tooth again. Then add some more colored pencil, and repeat all that process until it all gets rich and glossy. I've seen others of you do this, too, so I don't mean to talk down to anyone who already knows to do this layering.
I use some "Presto" white-out pen to highlighted areas. I dab a little Presto on and quickly smudge it with my finger so yellow, orange, & white pencil will go over it again.
Then some black bic pen at the very last. (i don't want to get too much black outline. Maybe shouldn't use the bic pen at all.)
So, my pictures should be called mixed media, actually. Nothing high tech, but as you who do colored pencil know, it's very time consumming, and takes several weeks off & on.