Colored pencil Portrait Demo

Colored pencil portrait

Colored pencil portrait

The first step is the line drawing and I wanted this to be pretty accurate as I was going to paint it, so I felt my way on the drawing with a sort of grid, not with lines but with dots to indicate half way and quarter way points. I then transferred this drawing to watercolor HP paper. Before I start diving into the colors, I want to remind you that to build any form, be it a rock or a face, what is important is to understand that form can only be built up through light and shadow and so to get the values right, the colors are of secondary importance. The highlights here are coming from the other side of the forehead, the nose, the top of the lower lip, the cheek bone. The area where the forehead turns is in shadow, as is the area beneath the nose, inside of the mouth, the chin and the neck.

The colors I have used are Caran d’ Ache (a Swiss make) and Faber Castell (a German make) colored pencils. The Caran d’ Ache are slightly softer than the Faber Castell. Using small circular strokes and a sharply pointed pencil, I covered the areas of the neck and jaw with CA Reddish orange. This I went over with FC Cinnamon and FC Indian red and CA Burnt Sienna for shadow areas, burnishing (applying heavy pressure) as I went along to get a smooth appearance. The area of the nose is cooler (pinkish violet), here I went over with FC light flesh, FC medium flesh, CA pink, CA Bluish pale and CA Light grey. The highlights on the forehead and cheekbone have CA pale yellow as well. The more saturated area of the cheek has FC Light cadmium red.The lips have FC Deep scarlet red, FC Pink Carmine, FC red violet and FC magenta. Other colors I have used include CA Umber, CA Black, CA Grey, FC ivory, FC cream, FC Van dyck brown. Coming to the background, its not a great idea to use new/different colors here, for there´s the danger of the background looking to be a part of one painting and the face a part of another! The colors I have used for the rocks and weeds are  CA pale yellow, CA pink, CA Bluish pale, CA Grey, CA Light grey, CA black and FC umber.

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Video – petal of spent lily

 

 Follow this link to watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYnpPEO8dfM

Enjoy!

painting a leaf – video

 

         The colors have been dropped in after the leaves have been wet twice (priming, Susan Harrison). This allows the area to dry slowly so that usually the leaf can be completed in one wash. This one`s facing the light so its very light valued.

        Follow this link to view the video; the first 3 mins where the base wash is applied have been deleted to fit in with the 10 mins utube requirement: Enjoy!

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55GY4hvgmg4

Videos on YouTube

 

This is of the blue iris demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUhzOOVn0rM

 

And this one is of my finished paintings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeSPjwsNnU

 

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