Working in colour pencil is just not my thing. Once upon a time I completed a drawing of my cat in colour pencil and although I enjoyed doing it, I never really got into using pencils. However, the use of colour pencil in botanical art is going from strength to strength, with popular artists such as Ann Swan and Susan Christopher Coulson demonstrating exceptional skill with the medium, producing breathtaking pieces.
The SBA course allows its students to specialise in a number of mediums including colour pencil and there are a number of fellow student bloggers who have really mastered the art, producing some gorgeous stuff. There is, of course a wealth of colour pencils of choice available but for now I think I'll stick with my watercolour.
|'Paws' my cat|
Started as part of my school portfolio when I was 13
using any colour pencils I could get my hands on
Now for the professionals!
|Colour Mutation Rosa mutabilis|
by Susan Christopher Coulson
|Ginger Flowers by Ann Swan|
That all said, there is one set of pencils that I wouldn't do without, my Faber Castell 9000 graphite pencils. Working in black and white allows me to see just the tonal qualities of a piece without the distraction of colour. Before I set out onto a bigger piece I do like to complete a few graphite studies to get the feel of the tones and shadows. Often I find myself working a lot darker than I thought I would, the subject needing a more distinctive range between light and dark. By doing this, I have found that my paintings have more depth and definition too.
|Rhododendron 'cilpinense' |
J.A. Godwin 2010
An early piece that could do with more depth and
Graphite can be exceptionally beautiful, this piece by fellow blogger Barbra Joan demonstrates the full spectrum of black and white tones. The addition of colour would have made this a very different piece. Normally, I wouldn't be drawn to a figurative piece or a portrait but something in the textures makes me like this one.
|'Sophisticate' by Barbra Joan|