Thursday, 22 January 2015

Beyond the traditional

Coloured pencils are often thought of as only suitable for small pieces of artwork. Another perception is that coloured pencils should be used in in such a way that layers are laid upon layers until the paper support is totally obliterated, and the coloured pencils should resemble thick paint. Many artists go to great lengths with blending techniques, solvents and even applying heat.

Coloured pencils are a medium in their own right, with their beautiful characteristics of texture, translucency, and optical blending to name but a few. Don't restrict yourself, use coloured pencils in a free and unrestricted style, blend colours optically i.e. apply colours next to each other, overlap them, use cross hatching, use points, small marks, big marks and so on. This options are endless. You will find that your work will have a fresh and not overworked look and feel.

Using coloured pencils in this way will help you develop a feel for different types of pencils, how colour mixing works, the importance of exploring the various marks you can make with them, how to depict form and texture, light and shadow and so on.

Here I used Derwent Coloursoft and Derwent Watercolour pencils in a very loose and free way. Note the rocks behind the beach goers, I did them with numerous colours but applied using tone as the main factor, so I chose dark toned pencils for the darker areas and light one for the others. I used the watercolour pencils freely on the sky and on the beach and the rocks to give the effect of light.

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