Saturday, June 2, 2007

Medium for June

As I was mulling over what to do this month, who to study, and what goals to accomplish, it suddenly came to me...colored pencils...everyday. I've been trying to learn something about colored pencils for a long time. But, vanity gets the better of me, and I decide to do pen and ink or graphite for the blog, because therein lies my comfort zone.

So, no more whimping out! One of my goals for June is to do something in colored pencil every day. I may still study "a master" along side this, but I am going to try and force myself to stick with the colored pencil medium. The subject matter will probably vary.

Today's offering is a crop of a copy of a portrait done by Rembrandt. He was such a master of skin tone, it's hard not to want to study him. I enjoyed the puzzle of choosing what colors to use where for this. I was surprised to end up using lots of "mineral orange" and "warm grey". Not what you'd expect, at least not what I expected. Parts of this did go "muddy" and several parts of me are feeling too vain to put this up, but there you go. Maybe at month's end I'll see improvement.


Katherine said...

Rose - I find that you need to know quite a bit about colour theory to make CPs work really well for you.

I use complemetaries a lot to get my coloured darks.

Now - you seem to be using prismacolor - so watch out for the wax bloom! (I have a post about this)

Rose Welty said...

I'm sure you're right about the colour theory. I have even done some reading, but it seems every time I start researching it I instantly find stuff that I already know, so I start skimming, then suddenly I have no idea what the author is talking about. So, I thought that if I started with the CPs I might struggle and then convince myself to have another go reading up on colour theory.

I've read your post on wax bloom, and I'll read it again. I've wanted to try some oil based pencils, like those you favor, but I haven't found any so far locally.