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Old 07-16-2010, 10:52 PM
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Hi, Folks. Great to see this new forum. Thanks to those who worked to make it happen. Here is my offering. I've started a sketch journal using only a selection of Derwent Coloursoft reds, yellows, and blues (and maybe a little graphite and ink now and then). I'm using a 3.5" x 5.5" Hand-Book Journal. The first image is a sketch I did in an older sketchbook in celebration of ordering the Hand-Book. The additional pages are warm-up exercises in the new book. Alas, my scans never seem to do justice to the colors I see. Actual sketches coming soon...I hope. (I'll post fewer pages per post in future. ) Cheers, Herb






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Welcome aboard. Looks like you are all ready to go. Hope to see sketches from you soon.
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Herb - looks like you are off to a great start. I love the color test pages. You have quite a nice range there. Looking forward to seeing more.

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great idea, i will have to give something similar a try
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Re: Red-Yellow-Blue

Herb, welcome. You've made a great start to your new Journal. Good idea all the color swatches - I always mean to do this but never get around to it. Maybe your Journal will give me incentive to be more organised and do color swatches as well.
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Interesting concept for a sketchbook. I guess we start many of these sketchbooks with the idea of practicing/learning something in particular. I played around with the red/yellow/blue colored pencil method a little, talk about labor intensive! I gave up on that one pretty quick. It will be interesting to see what you do with it.

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Herb, that's a great series of swatch tests mixing secondaries and tertiaries! Very organized. My scanner does that to me too, but having the Coloursoft means I can look at my own pencils for true color. I appreciate your documenting exactly which primaries you used too.

Do you have a colorless blender? The Prismacolor one is good and soft, so is the Derwent Blender. The Derwent Burnisher (usually comes with it in a two-pack) is harder and has the core material for their Studio/Artist pencils. Those mixes could look very smooth once burnished. Electric blue with lemon yellow makes a good bright emerald green!
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Thanks for the warm welcome, all. Here's today's effort of about an hour. (I should have stopped at 30 minutes. )

I agree, David, red-yellow-blue with colored pencils is a chore. I thought I could manage with such a tiny sketchbook, however. I plan to soldier on for a while to see what happens. Although I may introduce the remainder of my "normal" CP palette before long, adding one or two of each of the secondaries.

Hi, Robert. I have a Prismacolor blender stashed away somewhere, but I personally prefer not to blend or burnish except for what naturally occurs in laying one color over another. The subtle blending of translucent color is one of CP's main attractions for me.

This is overworked, lacks range in value, and is a little bit muddy, but I don't feel any need to tear out the page.



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Nice feather. That would be my only comment, that you have already noted, the lack of value range. But, very well done with only RYB.
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Today's entry...

Disappointed in the modeling. Still overworking.

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The flower may be a bit overworked, but the leaves are just gorgeous. I like the range of color you got in them and yet, they still read "green".
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Hi Herb,

Just found and checked out your sketchbook. Great concept for a journal, and I hope to see more of your work here.
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I like the feather. It could have stronger value ranges but its shimmering colors make me smile, it's got a lot of light dancing in it. That has a soft, dreamlike feeling, like it fits in a storybook.

Very cool orange flower and leaves too, especially the leaves. It's only the flower that's a bit overworked and you could do some lifting on it with a kneaded eraser - press, peel off, roll it up, press again. I was very surprised at how much color I could get off with a kneaded eraser without messing up the paper tooth.

One thing may help with the RYB sketches. I'd start with the deepest dark areas and do them lightly with Indigo no matter what else is going over it, a sort of overexposed Indigo image to establish deep darks and then work up from that. I've done these in the past and having a value drawing for the first layer helps a lot.

Or you could add two more colors to your palette, still staying in RYB. For reds, get a deep dark red comparable to Prismacolor Tuscan Red. I know there's one in the range. It might be in the browns section but it's there and I've used it. Then at the darks end of the Yellow group, add a yellowish brown, as the "deep dark" of yellow. Even using Yellow Ochre as the "dark yellow" helps in establishing values. That'll let you use darks where you don't have Indigo in the mixture and still keep to your primary palette.
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Nice color swatches. Love the feather!
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Great start Herb, look forward to seeing how you progress!
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