Friday, July 03, 2009

Its a bird, its a plane...

Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

oh wait, yeah its a bird. sort of :p Worked on this today taking a break from the foxgloves. Started to put the dark colours down on the top of her head. Just lots of light layers going in the same direction over and over again. Don't have to really worry about feather shapes on this part of her head as it looks really soft. Once I start on her body I need to pay more attention to the feathers, making sure they are drawn correctly and the right colour for where they are on her body.

Going to take time. Which is one of the main complaints I get when people talk to me about them using coloured pencils. That they can take forever!! Yes they can but there are little cheats such as solvents and using other media to put down base colours that can really speed up the process. But on the whole coloured pencils are not a fast material to use. And not one that you can just pick up and be a master at; yes there are people that do use coloured pencils for the first time and create wonderful pieces of art but on the whole and like most forms of art practice is everything.

9 comments:

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Looks lovely. I have respect for coloured pencil artists as I have no patience with them:)

Jennifer Rose said...

thanks Jennifer :) I don't have much patience with painting, get annoyed at drying times lol so people that paint have my respect :)

Serena said...

i only use my derwent coloured pencils to splash some colour on my sketches but i have no clue on how to use them correctly to get realistic effects. while i'm much more at home with acrylic paints, i greatly admire the work of coloured pencil artists. i have a couple of books on coloured pencil art/lessons but, as yet, i've not managed the time to look into them further.

Ann said...

So true, cp does take a lot of time and patience. But the slowness of drawing with cp is one of the reasons I like it. I find it very relaxing, sort of meditative. Unlike painting, which is very active. Plus I can leave a cp drawing for hours or days and then come back and work on it some more and nothing has happened, like paint drying out.

Anyway, this is lovely! Surely will be another great piece :-)

Carla said...

Looks like it is going to be very pretty.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Oh Jennifer love how you did the eyes! It is so lovely.

Tweed Delights said...

Looks fabulous - I love the colours :D Definitely requires a lot of patience!

Jennifer Rose said...

Serena- some of the books are better then others, there are a couple that I think are really over rated but everyone loves :/ I don't get it. I love seeing your acrylic work, its always wonderful :)

Ann- I find it relaxing too :D and being able to come back to a piece days later is another huge seeing point to me :)

Carla- thanks, hopefully it is :)

Norma- thank you :D

thanks Alison :) patience and lot of sugar to stay awake lol

Shashi Nayagam said...

I have never used colour pencils except on my dolls. Haven't a clue how to do on paper.
Your work is beautiful.