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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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

Peonies in the Shadows

December 4, 2015 § 1 Comment

Falling Peonies

I’m re posting a color drawing I completed a few years ago of a cluster of peonies casting shadows in the garden.  I love how the flowers get so loose just before coming apart and provide even more interesting shadow shapes.

Lion of Pillsbury Hall

August 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

This is a great compelling snarling face from the walls of Pillsbury Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.  It was completed in colored pencil and pastel on Canson paper.

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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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Pairing the Contour with the Finished Gradation

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

IMG_3576     In understanding the power of the contour to provide the framework for your finished work, it always helps to pair both.  In seeing the lights and darks of the line drawing to inform you of the light source, point of focus, the layout of the composition and reveal your personality alongside the gradation based on that contour, it helps to clarify things.  Here is the side view of Persephone in contour and gradation.

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Additional Work on the Perspehone Drawing

May 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone IIIII

I’ve added hue to this drawing of Persephone from a series related to sculpture in architecture.  Colors and shadows are intensified to provide a greater sense of depth.

Persephone in Late Spring

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone

I’ve added more contrast and hue to this colored pencil of Persephone in late spring.

Perspehone in Fall

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone IIII

I’ve  been reworking the color on some of my drawings   Again this is the sculpture of Persephone over the doorway of McNeal Hall and part of a series depicting her in the different seasons.  Here, the leaves of the vine are drying, changing color, and falling away in the wind.

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