Monday, January 19, 2009

January VSD: A Peeling

A Peeling
6 in x 7.5 in
colored pencils on toned and flecked paper

Above is my entry for the January Virtual Sketch Date. Thanks to Jeanette Jobson for the reference and for doing the administration work this month.

I did my first attempt in acrylic. I was not thrilled with it. But then I saw Jeanette's inspired entry and I just had to have another go.

This was done on some orange handmade paper, you can see little flecks and irregularities. The paper surface is not smooth, normally not my choice for colored pencils, but actually I think it really helped with all the tremendous texture on that fruit.

28 comments:

Jeanette said...

I love this one Rose. You've got a winner here. The toned paper really adds to the look. Just lovely.

Miki Willa said...

This is terrific! You really captured the texture and life of the fruit. I am very impressed.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hey my favourite medium, great choice Rose. :-)

I think choosing a toned background works well here and I agree that the texture of the paper adds to the piece because of the texture inherent in the subject. I like your stroke technique(I think I always say that)and your use of colour.

When looking at your rendering, I get the sense that you enjoyed yourself. I hope you did! Congratulations on giving this subject another try (in a different medium no less). :-)

Jennifer Rose said...

you did a great job with the Clementine. The toned paper worked well with the colours and texture of the fruit :)

Jo Castillo said...

Great job, Rose. Nice texture.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks everybody. This was really fun to do. It was a nice change from the paints...I'm not leaving the paints, I do like them, but as a change of pace, this was great.

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Love the textured, toned and handmade paper choice here. Many of the VSD's are very good. This one is, too, but it is also very original and artistically interesting.

Ann said...

This has such a nice soft feeling with the subtle color variations. That paper worked very well with your masterful drawing!

Nancy said...

WOW! It looks good enough to eat!

SYLVIANE said...
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SYLVIANE said...

What a lovely colorpencil!in my 1st comment, I thought it was a watercolor, sorry!
Anyway, it is marvellous, very delicate.

Ana Tirolese said...

The clementine turned out lovely. I think the handmade orange paper adds to the charm. I rather like it!

It is so fascinating to see all the different renditions of the same reference. We all interpret it oh so differently.

ego2005 said...

This is one of my faves!

Your work is strong and well defined!

Congratulations!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Rose - wonderful drawing!! You added a lot of great atmosphere - it has a lovely feeling to it!

Sherry said...

Rose, your colored pencil version is velvety and warm. CP work takes so long that I don't do it very often, but responses like this one make me want to give it a shot. Thanks!

MILLY said...

The coloured paper works so well, it has a really vibrant glow, grabs your attention. Nice piece.

laura said...

Beautiful--I love the harmonious color relationships, and the beautiful glow!

Valerie Jones said...

Rose, I LOVE it!!!

"JeanneG" said...

I thought I liked the blue backgrounds best on the ones I have see, but now I really really really love the orange. Very pretty.

Debbie said...

This is a beautiful drawing. So warm and appealing. Very clever use of media.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks everyone! We have such a supportive community on VSD.

bluelilac said...

The yellow background is a lovely touch to a sunny bright interpretation of the subject.
Nice to look at.

Stacy said...

Rose, don't know how I missed commenting on this earlier. Your entry is great. I really love the monochromatic feel and how it helps emphasize the texture. Another successful VSD!

Sydney Harper said...

I like this! The toned, handmade paper works well with the colors and the shading.

Marie-Dom said...

This is beautiful and dreamy. I love it!
MD

Bob Easton said...

There's a lot to be said for warm glow and a harmonized color range. Very nice!

Jenna White said...

I like the paper color you chose. And I always like to see colored pencil work! :)

TeresaW said...

Rose this is lovely. I think the orange paper is inspired. Thank you for showing it.