Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Finally finished the Foxgloves. It was an interesting experiment with the paper and I did come to the conclusion that I like black Stonehenge but still hate the white version. Not too happy with that bell on the top right, but for an experiment I like how it turned out :)
You can see in the close-up how the pencils blend on top of the paper. Colour is easily built up and there is no need for dozens of layers to get any kind of value to what you are drawing. I do still think that the pencils act more like pastels on the paper, they seem to blend differently, more like chalk pastels do. I didn't have any problems with any yellows turning green or changing colour but that might be because I was using a very light touch. I didn't have to burnish the layers, I found that after a few layers that happened on its own.
The paper didn't warp or bend as it is pretty thick, but like most black papers it is easy to scratch. If you transfer your line art onto this paper be very careful with what you use. I used coloured transfer paper and had no problem erasing it or going over it with the coloured pencils, but when I squared off the paper I used graphite. The graphite did not get covered up by the coloured pencil when it got covered and left a very noticeable line. It was put down with a very light pressure but still left a line, thankfully not in the drawing area.
I'm curious to how pastels would actually work on this paper, so after I finish up my eagles and Halloween dragons for this year I want to try that :) Print of this tomorrow, once I get the colours sorted out on them.