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Old 08-05-2009, 09:21 AM
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Thanks for your comments TessBD

To go darker, on a shiny object like a jelly bean, do you add more light layers or the same pencil or press hard and burnish or use a deeper shade ? As I am new to this game I figure I can ask basic questions!

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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Basic questions are good, Julie! The only silly questions are the ones that aren't asked!

So... The way to go darker on any object, shiny or not, depends on the artist. How's that for dodging the question?
You can build darker values by continuing to layer with the same pencil, letting the white of the paper show more in areas you want to be light. But that can only get you so far.
You can use a darker pencil, and layer it in lightly, until you get to the value you want.
Or, you can use a complementary color to darken the local color. This method can give you a deepness and richness of color that the other methods don't quite get. But its also the one that takes the most practice and is the most likely to scare the bejeezus out of you. For more info on it, read through the color wheel thread stickied at the top of the forum. Lots of good info there.

So do some practice swatches, and experiment and find out what you're comfortable with. And practice practice practice. 'Cause what works for me may not be what works for you.

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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Julie, This is very nice work. Your values and shadows are very good also. Jan
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

I have done the Cosmos on 2.5 X 3.5 Stonehedge Card. Used a Clear Blender Pen but it still looks pretty grainy. Now I can start August.


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Old 08-05-2009, 09:41 PM
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Hi Busy Pencil

Thanks for your encouragement. I really like the subtle toning of the pinks on your flower drawing

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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

I like the monochromatic thing you've got happening, Jan!
What kind of pencils did you use?

Looking forward to seeing your work in the August challenge!
You, too, Julie!

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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

I will post this drawing as WIP I don't know how to resolve the background. I'll put it aside until I can figure it out. its done on Cansons 13x18 paper.
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Hi, Soenke!
What pencils are you using? I'm curious as a !
I really like what you're doing in the background. My one thought was to bring the darker area at the top down at an angle on the our right side of the piece-- If you look at the ref, that's already implied with the tangle of branches.

Hope that made sense! My coffee is still catching up with me. Let me know if you'd like me to pull the image into photoshop to *show* what I'm talking about.

Looking forward to seeing your update!
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

TessDB, Im using prismacolor pencils. and thanks for the advice I will return to the piece with that insight.
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Update to my colorful Cosmos
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

I tried some Zest-It with these jellybeans

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What is best for applying the Zest-It? I used a Q-tip.
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Shirl--
Hopefully someone who uses solvent will wander through and answer your question... my guess? Whatever you're comfortable using!

So how did you like using the solvent? And did you like how it changed your piece?

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Old 09-04-2009, 11:12 AM
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

I liked the way it filled in the spaces that weren't filled by the pencil. It looks a lot better IRL than the scan shows. I think I will try using a small bristle brush next time.
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Re: Monthly CP Challenge - July 2009

Zest-It did make a difference...the jelly beans are much smoother and shinier. I will have to order some eventually. I've been hearing about it for 2 years. How can I get it?

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I bought mine from this site, was very satisfied with the service.

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