May 6, 2012

Coloring Crabs…1

I now know I can color-sketch legs….but the question is….Can I color-sketch faces?

So, I opened up by External Hard Drive (where I store all my digital pics) and looked for a picture of my son to draw. 

I spotted one that I think I can handle:
  • has good color (other than the shorts)
  • has a face (familiar face, since this is a scan of an old picture, it doesn’t have all the detail of a digital print)
  • Color sketch skin tone

The skin tone I had to figure out…. Used the following pencils
  • mustard
  • very light pink
  • pink
  • tan
  • brown.

I’m getting more relaxed with my sketching….I was told that it’s best to use the picture as a model, but to not feel like I have to replicate it exactly.  This has free'd me up to work with the pencils in a way that I can figure out where I should place the shadows as the drawing unfolds as opposed to where they are in the instant of the shot.  Does that make sense?


Stephanie said...

Your colored pencil sketch from the other day inspired me to pull my pencils out. I haven't used them in close to a year. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy working with them. I like the slow meditative rhythm of applying layer upon layer of color.

Eden said...

Thanks Stephanie! I really like colored pencils too! Just wish they came with erasers! It is very relaxing to work with :D

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