The information featured today is only part of the 60 x 40 cm drawing, but it gives you a basic foundation of how I go about creating this type of work.
Once I have chosen my subject I draw it up on a sheet of Canson pastel board. I prefer colour 502 for this type of work.
Coloured pencil drawing requires the layering of colours to build up the tone and give the work depth.
I block out the basic information with a light pencil, usually a Polychromos Warm Grey 10%. I don’t want the lines to be too obvious, just strong enough to see.
I do not discriminate between brands of pencils. I choose the right colour irrespective of the brand and usually work with both Polychromos and Prismacolors.
It’s early days, but there is already some tonal variation. I try to avoid using black, preferring deeper tones of colour for shadows.
More later in the week.
Tomorrow I will post details about a major art prize that I won last Friday, the biggest I have ever been awarded.