Quick Color Ink Contours

July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve completed three quick ink contours for an upcoming color drawing class I’m teaching. Each will be supported with textural gradations using stippling, hatching, and scribble. And I’ll post when they are completed.


May 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

ImageThis is one of my first attempts at pairing watercolor with colored pencil of a tall sunflower past it’s prime.

Rough Stage with Watercolor for The Pileated Woodpecker

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


This is the next stage completing the washes of watercolor for the pileated woodpecker.  This leg in the journey accomplishes a roughing in of the colors and composition.  I currently am using watercolor to allow greater freedom with my drawing and provide more intensity.  Do many of you work with mixed media and if so, what are your techniques?

Watercolor Washes for the Pileated Woodpecker

April 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

This is the next stage as I finally get to laying in the watercolor washes for the pileated woodpecker.  It was seen in my daughter and son in law’s yard feeding on insects from a dead tree stump.  I will add colored pencil IMG_4201as the final step to give greater depth, nuances, and hue to the contour with washes.  I’m hoping that this combination will allow my drawing to become more free.  I see it is still a work in process!! 

Pileated Woodpecker

March 17, 2014 § 2 Comments


 I’m posting sequentially the stages of a drawing of a pileated woodpecker scavenging for bugs in a tree stump.  This first posting is the contour.  It provides the framework for the drawing.  It reveals the light source, a sense of form or depth, and allows my personality to flow out onto the page.  Next will come the watercolor washes and finally the colored pencil to give greater clarity to the composition. This bird is majestic especially in flight and is quite reclusive in nature.  My daughter and son in law were lucky to spot it in their yard.

Final Version of Edie; Colored Pencil over Watercolor Washes

March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment


This is the final version of Edie; a drawing for Deviant Art.  I previously posted the contour or line drawing and the contour supported by watercolor washes.  This last stage entails layering colored pencil over the watercolor to give the drawing added impact.  I am struck by how sweet this puppy is!!  What kind eyes she has!!

Watercolor Washes for the Drawing of Edie

February 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

ImageThis is the next stage in a drawing of Edie for Deviant Art; a show designed to bring attention to the wonderful nature of Pit Bulls and Rotties.  Here, I’ve created under layers of watercolor washes to the colored pencil that will come next.  You learn so much about the nature of the dog after drawing her.  I now see so clearly her loving personality through her eyes and the power of the dog by the shape of the skull under that fur.  Edie’s yin and yang face provides that balance we seek as we see the lights in the dark half and lights in the dark.  Still plugging away.  Next comes the colored pencil!!

Changing Palette; Flowers for Valentines Day

February 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

By keeping the compositions the same and altering the palette, we are better able to see how changes in color affect our work.  In this exercise, we see the contour drawings which provides the framework for the gradations.  Making the drawings constant in similarity allows the differences in the color scheme to become more apparent.

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Color Transition

January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is a colored pencil drawing divided into three portions.  The hues move from the warmth of oranges and yellows on the left to cooler pigments of blues and purples on the right.  The middle section allows us to see the gradual tint shifts.  A piece such as this illustrates how color can be changed to accentuate the storyline.

Persephone in Spring

January 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Here is a colored pencil of a sculpture of Persephone, the goddess of seasons.  This drawing is part of a larger series based on the subject of sculpture in architecture. I personally would like to see the season of spring return as winter is becoming brutal.  Times like these when one can be thankful for warmth, shelter, and the company of friends and family.  Much to be thankful for in the New Year.  Happy 2014 everyone!

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