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Wed Apr 15, 2015, 4:06 PM
  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: the wind and snow blow around the house
  • Reading: my emails
  • Watching: Dr. Who
  • Playing: with the idea of making supper
  • Eating: nothing (and I'm hungry)
  • Drinking: water...blech

So, I've been posting some WIPS of a piece that I'm working on currently. At first I was taking pics after every single layer of color and it was getting to be frustrating. It was eating up a lot of time, not to mention the fact that these are supposed to be WIPS, not a tutorial. *sheepish grin* Now I won't be taking as many pics and the differences should be more readily apparent.

Colored pencils are an area that I'm very comfortable with and I'll admit a bit of snobbery when it comes to them. I prefer wax based pencils. I detest colored pencils that erase. They feel chalky as they lay down color on the paper and I haven't found them to be nearly as transparent as wax based ones. I can get some really rich colors with wax based pencils that I haven't gotten with other pencils.

There are also other methods of laying down the color. Unless I am really going for a texture where direction of fiber or fur, or feathers, are specific and obvious,  I prefer to layer by using circular strokes. I found that helps the colors and layers blend better and really gives a smoother, more uniform color. Finicky is a good example of that smoothness. 

I don't always use a colorless blender pencil either. I know they make blending markers for colored pencils, but I found them messy (smelly too) with a tendency to look smeary. Often times I will just use the base color to blend the other colors together. That lets me build up more color layers if I want them and I usually do. I prefer going for photographic quality with my pencils instead of impressionistic or sketchy. (Sketchy meaning unfinished, not shady or questionable.)

Anyway, I should be posting more WIPS as I go along. It should be interesting to see how it all comes together. Nod  

"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher


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AKshortstack Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thank you for the watch :)
glacierbear Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure, you've got some great pics!
AKshortstack Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Thank you!  :D
PureMissa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
glacierbear Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey! You found us! :)
PureMissa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
indeed :)
EseffpePhotography Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007   Photographer
thanku very much:-)
glacierbear Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Your welcome! It's a great pic!
Wild-Mares Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
CookieOfPower Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you uberly bunches for the fav ^-^
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