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Old 07-12-2018, 11:08 AM
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A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

Well, it seems I’m very inspired by butterflies these days. Here is a new one I did in Neocolor II over Windsor & Newton gouache on Strathmore Toned Grey Mixed Media 5 x 7 paper. I immensely enjoyed this process and might do my next ones that way too, working Neocolor II wet and dry on a first dried coat of gouache. The reference for the butterfly is from Pixabay.

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Re: A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

Absolutely gorgeous Virginie! I'm a colorholic, so I especially appreciate this - I love the bold, bright, confident colors - so beautiful!
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Thank you CaliAnn! I definitely consider myself a colorholic too!
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Re: A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

I'm going to have to give neocolor a try - I love those bold, inyourface colors you got going! Do you mind me asking - are they colored pencils or watercolor?
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Re: A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

Actually CaliAnn they are neither! Neocolor II are water-soluble wax crayons. I would say that they feel like a mix of Crayola crayons and oil pastel to use. They are also more opaque than either watercolours or coloured pencils, a bit like gouache. Also, there are Neocolor I that are the water resistant equivalent to Neocolor II that I also use when I want a part of the drawing to stay put when I add water.

At first, I usually work with them just like I would with Crayola crayons but, after, I go over them with a brush and water. After that, I make more and more passes, mixing colours into one another, some I wet again and the few last ones I usually do dry, by applying more and more pressure, until I get the wax shine and saturated colour that I love In my opinion, it’s just the best feeling to work with these crayons!

Here is a picture of a few of the set that I leave at work to draw during my lunch hours.


And here is a small and fast demo of my process that I just did with 3 crayons (because it’s Friday afternoon and I just can’t concentrate at work anymore :P )
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Thanks Virginie for explaining - and thanks for that quick demo, it is really helpful seeing how you get to those vibrant colors! Have a great weekend!
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A spectacular butterfly! The gouache plus Neos worked really well. They work great on top of any media I think.
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Re: A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

Very pretty butterfly, Virginie. Thanks for the demo.
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Re: A new Neocolor II butterfly – X-post Animal and Wildlife

Thank you Kay and CP! And no problem CaliAnn, I really love my Neocolor and am happy to spread knowledge about them
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