Using Multi Media

January 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Persephone

This is a colored pencil piece with pastel and Conte’ crayon.  I would like to recommend the products used in this drawing.  First, the use of colored paper; Canson, Arches, Strathmore, Rives all come in large sheets (usually 22″x30″, Canson usually runs smaller. By using colored paper, you change the equation of the value spectrum.  Now you need to determine where on a scale of black to white this color fits.  The white of the page will also need to be created.  Therefore, keep in mind to save the value of the paper and create the white areas.  Canson paper was used for this piece.  A variety of colored pencil, mostly Derwent as well as Conte pastel pencil also comprised the media.  For the highlights, white and pale yellow Conte crayon became indispensable.  When using colored pencil, I would advise using the pastels sparingly and only to stretch the existing colors. I cannot over stress the aid of using a kneaded eraser. One can squeeze it into very fine shapes to erase tiny areas as well as being able to mold it into any shape you please.  It leaves no oil residue on the page.  And most importantly, you can bounce it off of walls when frustrated!!

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Using the White of the Page

January 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

2013-10-07 134101_18One of the characteristics I love about watercolor is the need to reserve the white of the page for your lighter areas.  It reminds us to incorporate white into our gradation spectrum and creates purity within the composition.

Florals in Reds and Greens for the Holidays

December 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

Thought I’d post a couple of my drawings with reds and greens to keep in the holiday spirit.

Floral with Carved Bench                    Floral with Carved Urn

Contour of Joe and Frankie

October 7, 2015 § 2 Comments

This is the contour for a drawing of our grandson Joe and his Boston Terrier Frankie.  This is the stage where I get in all of the crucial information and provides the framework for the finished gradations.  Taken into account is the light source, area of focus, and a true sense of form or what is three dimensional about my subject.

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Triptych Demonstrating a Shift in Palette

August 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

This triptych illustrates the importance of serial imagery in telling a story.  Here the palette shifts from warm on the left to cool on the right.  Notice how each palette gives a little of itself to the contrasting one and the center piece incorporates both elements.

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Garden Goddess

July 4, 2015 § 1 Comment

I’m reblogging a previous post entitled Garden Goddess as some of my settings were not intact.   Additional hue was added to a color pencil drawing to provide more differentiation between the foreground, middle ground, and the background.

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Looking up at Persephone

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Another view of the sculpture of Persephone with the viewer below the doorway.

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