I have commenced a drawing of rocks from Tasmania’s Northwest Coast and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to detail the stages of its creation.

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.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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5 Responses to DRAWING ROCKS

  1. Kate Bausch says:

    I look forward to seeing the progress on your stones! I just took some photos of some rocks near our house and I can’t wait to get started on a new painting of them. We had tremendous winds last week. So after I gathered up all of the maple tree branches that were all over our yard, I snapped some pictures of those too.

    You’ve inspired me!

    Congratulations on your award!! Can’t wait to hear the details!


    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Kate, I’m pleased that you like rocks too! They are a most interesting subject. Friday night’s art prize win was certainly the highlight of my art career and I will talk about that in my next two blog posts.
      Please send me some photos of your art when you can.
      Best regards, Richard

  2. Barb Stachow says:

    I am most interested in learning more on colored pencil, and I find rocks to be of particular challenge no matter what medium I use. Thanks for showing us your method.

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