Macaw in Coloured pencil

After many distractions, I’m happy to say yesterday I finally called this finished.

macaw low res

Completed on Frabriano Artistico watercolour paper that I cut down to A4 size. I used as usual a mix of Luminance and Polychromos coloured pencils to complete this, along with using Gamsol for blending. The reference photo came from Pixabay.

Prints are for sale at Fine Art America Photography Prints

Blue Eagle

blue eagle.jpg

I felt like doing something a little different and I’d had this idea in my mind for a little while, so I turned a Bald Eagle into a Blue Eagle. The reference photo I used was http://pmp-art.com/angeline-rijkeboer/gallery/157941/bald-eagle

This was done in the same way most of my pictures lately have been, using both Polychromos and Luminance coloured pencils and blending using Gamsol (which is a paint thinner), and was created on  Daler Rowney Aquafine hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper. I like using this paper because it’s nice and solid, allows a decent amount of layers, doesn’t seem to buckle at all under water or paint thinner, and also adds a bit of texture because it’s not completely smooth, which works out pretty well when drawing animals I think.

 

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Those commissions I’ve been working on

So a few people may know I’ve been working on some commissions lately.  Well these four have now been done and given to the person they were intended for as a gift by the person who actually commissioned them.  I’m pretty happy with how they’ve turned out.

They were all done using Luminance and Polychromos coloured pencils.

Latest watercolour card

Created using watercolour pencils to make a card for someone. I did this in many different layers so that different colours came out well and showed depth. The feathers had several different oranges, reds, browns and yellows used on them and the dark bits of the feathers had purple, blue and green used on them, this was to show the variations in colour and reflection  as well as to make it not look as flat as it would have with just black on it.

cockerel 2

Reflections – Coloured pencil picture

reflections

 

Reflections are based in the truth, but aren’t always what they seem.   I think that’s what attracted me to do this picture.

 

Created using Luminance coloured pencils by Caran D’ache on 140 lb A4 Daler Rowney Aquafine smooth watercolour paper.

The reference photo came from paint my photo  http://pmp-art.com/paul2/gallery/144014

 

Super Bunny?

rabbit

So the intensity of the background on this has had me calling this super Bunny,  clearly reminds me of the super man logo somehow…

Finally finished this, started it last week and haven’t got much done all week due to being susceptible to the annoying colds that humans get.

Products used

  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper
  • Luminance pencils by Caran D’ache
  • Gamsol for blending.

Reference photo is from paint my photo  http://pmp-art.com/glennis-weston/gallery/118825/cute-bunny

Coloured Pencil Swan Picture

swan

I started this on Saturday and completed it this evening.

It’s a picture of a young swan, hence all the grey and different tones on it.

It was created using Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache.  The paper I did this on was Daler Rowney Aquafine aquarelle artists watercolour  A4 hot pressed.

The reference photo is once again from Paint my photo, and actually from the same photographer as my Spaniel watercolour picture.  A link to that is here 

I did have a slight issue once I’d completed this picture, as I’d taped down the edges with masking tape, which is never normally a problem, but this time it stuck too much and ripped a bit of the paper,  so it’s not the full A4 that it would have been.  Thankfully I think I saved it well enough.

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A Chickadee in coloured pencil

chickadee bubbles

I finished this one yesterday, it didn’t really turn out exactly how I wanted – probably not enough layers – but I’m still pretty happy with it.

It’s a black capped Chickadee, the reference photo came from paint my photo.

I used Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and A5 Derwent watercolour paper.

I’m still debating whether to put this one on fine art america or not.  ( A link to my current selection on there is here.)

And now – on to the next project,  although I’m not sure what that will be yet.

Red tailed Hawk coloured Pencil Picture

red tailed hawk lq

Today I finished off a picture I started on Saturday evening.  It’s my first picture with my new pencils.  I got the reference photo off of Morguefile.

I really am happy with how the pencils worked and how they blended and layered well and hope it’s the start of even better work to come.   The background is especially something that I like how it turned out.

Equipment used

  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils from the set of 24 I brought –  These are really great from what I can see.
  • Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache from the set of 20 – as I’d already heard, the white is pretty great,  also really liked the other colours I tried out.
  • Gamsol for blending – obviously keeping the container I put it into closed when not in use and being mindful to keep this away from the cats.  This worked really well for blending, and didn’t take me too long to get used to how it works.
  • The paper I used was Derwent watercolour paper – A5 – 140lbs – this let me do quite a few layers and generally seemed to work quite nicely, didn’t buckle at all when the blender was applied.