Sunday, January 5, 2014

30 in 30: Colored Pencil - Day 4

Day 4
~ 4" x 4.5"
Colored Pencil
I had trouble getting the subtle colors to look right on the computer.  The whole drawing is actually a bit darker than this and less "blue".  I think I am going to turn it into a greeting card.  I've always loved zebras but I don't think I've ever drawn one realistically.  Those stripes are much more complicated than I thought.

Friday, January 3, 2014

30 in 30: Colored Pencil - Day 3

Day 3
Colored Pencil
~ 4" x 5.5"

I'm not a huge fan of drawing birds, but this guy was pretty cute.  I loved working with several of my red/orange colored pencils against the greens.  It was also really weird not using much white in a drawing.  The little I did use didn't really "pop" like I'd hoped so I might go back over it with acrylic in a couple places for emphasis.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

30 in 30: Colored Pencil - Day 2

Day 2
Colored Pencil
~ 4" x 5.5"

Here is day 2 for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge. I wanted to say thank you for all the kind comments I got yesterday on my horse sketch.  It was very encouraging.  I didn't have much time to draw so I got a much smaller piece of paper.  I was very frustrated having to work so small with a texture surface.  It was not enjoyable.  I loved this cute kitty though and I plan to turn him into a card that I will mail to my grandma because she loves white cats.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

30 in 30: Colored Pencil - Day 1

Day 1
Colored Pencil
~ 9" x 9"

Well, I didn't do so well in the September "30 paintings in 30 days" (I only finished 14 paintings), but I am going to try again in January and see if I can at least beat that.  I hope to go back and finish those 30 watercolor dogs series at some point as well.

Anyways, this time I decided to pick a toned paper and colored pencils for the challenge and put no limit on subject matter.  I've always loved working with colored pencils, but I tend to try to detail too much.  I think I've found a way to fix that by using a paper with more tooth to it.  So far I am happy with the amount of texture and the way the pencils work on it.  Although I am eating through the pencils much faster than I had intended.