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Colored pencils on sanded paper

January 26, 2017

Continuing my experiments with colored pencils and sanded paper. These two were done on an Ampersand Pastelbord, a bit softer than the Uart 600 grade. I found it very pleasant to use, and this time, I was able to blend my layers of Pablo pencils with a bristle brush; it worked like a charm and I loved the soft, velvety finish. I will have to order more of those boards, for sure!!

The squirrel is my entry for the January Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge.

 


Squirrel 2 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE

 


Fox 13 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE

 

I also did this one on sanded paper, but it was Pastelmat. And the other one is a watercolor I had started last summer and finished recently.

 


Bulldog 1 - 7x9.5" - Colored pencils on Pastelmat - FOR SALE

 


Oriole - 9x12" - Watercolor on Aquabord - FOR SALE

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New technique and CPM challenge

January 26, 2017

Another  Colored Pencils Magazine challenge, another opportunity to try something new. This is my second attempt at using sanded paper, this time it's the Uart 600 grade, and I didn't use the Powder Blender. I did my first layer with the Supracolor pencils. I've been wanting to try using water soluble pencils as a base for my colored pencil drawings for a long time, so that's what I did. The Supracolor II pencils are very buttery and diluting them with water was a dream. No pencil marks left. Also, using the sanded paper allowed me to only use a few layers and still have a lot of pigments on the paper. Once my base layer was dry, I started using the Prismacolor pencils, but I found them too soft for the sanded paper ( I probably need to give them another good try to get a definite opinion, as wells as use different grade sanded papers) and had a hard time with details. So I quickly switched to my Pablo pencils which worked like a charm. I'd seen someone use a bristle paint bursh over their pencil layers on sanded paper to blend them, so I tried, but I didn't get the result I expected so I didn't do it much.
What I liked about the sanded paper: No need to add many layers. Colors blend fairly well. You can add lighter colors on top of darker ones. No need to use a white gel pen for your highlights!
What I didn't like: Some colors are harder than others so it's harder to get a soft result, I occasionally had to use mineral spirit to soften the look. Using colored pencils on sanded paper creates a LOT of dust which gets the paper (and everything else around you) dirty, even when covering the part you're not working on. I had a lot of cleaning up to do.
In conclusion, it's not the end of my relationship with sanded paper yet, and I will use water soluble colored pencils again, it's soooo much fun!

A big thank you to photographer Sally Robertson for the reference photo.

I'm happy to report that this piece won the December 2016 1st place in the advanced category. Such an honor!
It's currently in a show until the end of February, and will be for sale as soon as I get it back, so stay on the look out if you're interested.

 


Gumballs - 11x14" - Colored pencils on sanded paper - FOR SALE

 

Here's the "making of" video:

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Colored Pencil Challenge

July 23, 2016

Here's another entry for the Colored Pencil Magazine challenge.

 


1929 Cord - 9x14" - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

And here's the video of how I did it:

 

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Holiday Rush

December 10, 2015

It's that time of the year again, and I'm busy with commission work. So I decided to work on a small piece for the Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge, just for fun. It was also a great opportunity to play with my pencils on a wood panel.
I then got busy with my orders. I can only share a couple for now, I'll share the others after Christmas, I don't want to spoil the surprise.

 

November Challenge:

"Fall Cat 3" - 3.5x4.5" - Colored pencils on wood panel - FOR SALE
 

Special request - 8x18 - Colored Pencils

 

Special request - 11x14" - Colored Pencils

 

 

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Monthly challenge WIP 4 and final work

December 10, 2015

I can't believe I haven't posted the last photos yet. Argh!!!

So here are the final images of my Nymph.

 

"Nymph" - 9x12" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

 

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Monthly challenge

October 17, 2015

This is my entry for the September Colored Pencil Magazine challenge. I had a real blast with this one, the next one will be even more fun, and there will be only two left before the end of the year. Time flies!!

 

Teapot - 9x12" - Colored Pencils - FOR SALE

 

 

 

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I'm back!

September 1, 2015

I hadn't fallen off the face of the Earth, I simply took an extended Summer break, which I enjoyed immensely.

It doesn't mean I stayed away from drawing and painting entirely. In fact, I was quite busy.

 

Here are the Colored Pencil Magazine challenges for the months of June and July.

I had to stop working on my bigger drawing for lack of time, and ended up doing this little one in my sketchbook instead. I'll finish the other one (a closer crop) later. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the seeds. But I'm pretty happy with the result. It was great practice, I'll be able to finish my bigger drawing with more confidence.
Great subject this month, another fun challenge. Thank you Sally Robertson for the photo

"Stawberry" - 5x7" or so - Colored Pencils

 

Double challenge for me this time as I was on vacation with limited art supplies. I learned that I don't really enjoy using cold press watercolor paper with colored pencils, it's too grainy for me, and I can't add details as well as with smoother papers. Also, I missed my beloved scanner, and had a hard time taking a good photo. Yet, I enjoyed the challenge anyway because it made me grow a little more.
Another great photo provided by Sally Robertson.

"Popsicles" - 5x8.5" - Inktense colored pencils

 

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Colored Pencil Magazine Monthly Challenges

January 10, 2015

Here are a couple more projects I've been working on. Last month, once the holiday madness was finally over, I decided to enter the Colored Pencil Magazine challenge. Each month they share a photo that anyone can draw to enter their competition. The only rule is that it needs to be done mostly with colored pencils. It was very challenging, but a lot of fun, and most of all, a great way to improve my skills. So I decided to enter every month, if I can. Here are my first two entries, they both are 5x7".

A big thank you to photographer Sally Ford for sharing her beautiful photos.

 

 

"Berries" - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

 Bows - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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