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post #1 of Old 04-13-2015, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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As you can see, this is a work in progress. Not coming out as hoped. Helpful hints needed/appreciated.
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I love watching works in progress. It's one of my favorite things about this site. I'm not so great at drawing so I'm going to let someone else take on the advice.



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Coloured pencils not really my thing, but "build layers up gradually from light to dark" some advice from an artist I spoke to. I took that to mean, see the underlying lighter hues and layer the darker hues on top. Light and even strokes, taking time to fill all the white gaps and blend with a clear or white pencil.

that's it, that's all I got.

Promising start though, look forward to seeing finished.
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Coloured pencils not really my thing, but "build layers up gradually from light to dark" some advice from an artist I spoke to. I took that to mean, see the underlying lighter hues and layer the darker hues on top. Light and even strokes, taking time to fill all the white gaps and blend with a clear or white pencil.

that's it, that's all I got.

Promising start though, look forward to seeing finished.
I just learned something, there is such a thing as a clear pencil? I would never had imagined!

Interesting advice Carl. I've heard painters say always go from dark to light when working on a portrait. I never understood why. I wonder why the difference advice between paint and pencil when it comes to working with values.



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I just learned something, there is such a thing as a clear pencil? I would never had imagined!

Interesting advice Carl. I've heard painters say always go from dark to light when working on a portrait. I never understood why. I wonder why the difference advice between paint and pencil when it comes to working with values.
The reason it is different is with paint you can put a light color om a dark color and it still shows, in cp, not so much. The light color just tends to burnish instead of highlight.
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I just learned something, there is such a thing as a clear pencil? I would never had imagined!
Yes, I think they're called blending or burnishing pencils.

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The reason it is different is with paint you can put a light color om a dark color and it still shows, in cp, not so much.
Yes, I believe so.
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I have used blending or burnishing pencils but had better luck with the white.

what brand of pencil are you using? That makes a big difference. I currently use prismacolor because it's all I can afford but it lays on very nice and smooth.

I look forward to seeing this progress!



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[QUOTE=chanda95;72058]I have used blending or burnishing pencils but had better luck with the white."

I tend to use white or cream, haven't bothered with a burnishing pencil.

"what brand of pencil are you using? That makes a big difference. I currently use prismacolor because it's all I can afford but it lays on very nice and smooth."

I am using Faber-Castell, Polychromos, prefer them to Prismacolor for many reasons.

"I look forward to seeing this progress!"

Thank you!
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I will call her finished. The background loses a lot somehow in the photo.
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Love Spring birds. Good job. She looks so cozy and content.



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