WHAT LIES UNDERNEATH


Top: The South Esk River at Conroy’s Gap, a farming property near Mathinna in Tasmania’s Northeast Highlands.

Bottom: Liffey Falls, Meander Valley, in Northern Tasmania.

Never underestimate the influence of the colour of the paper you are working on when creating a coloured pencil drawing.

Today’s examples are drawn on a yellow ochre coloured background. Can you see the colour appearing now and then in both of the featured drawings?

These days I use an ochre coloured pastel board for most of my work, but now and then I will employ a different colour, depending on the ‘mood’ of the subject I’m drawing.

I’m a great fan of coloured papers (supports). I believe they give a more ‘painterly’ look than one gets from white or very light supports. White backgrounds often tend to result in quite ‘graphic’ work.

I don’t want my drawings to look like drawings, I want them to look as though they have been painted.

If you could produce the same drawing on six different coloured supports you would get six different results.

Next week I will post some examples using a variety of coloured backgrounds, but first on Monday, I’ll post an update of my latest abstract work, Mountain.

Richard

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4 Responses to WHAT LIES UNDERNEATH

  1. Gillian says:

    These are amazing, Richard. I don’t think I could begin to try a waterfall and yet you’ve mastered it!
    By coincidence I’ve recently been struggling with a pastelmat support in a medium taupe colour for white flowers. It was hard to bring out the contrast and get the higlights bright enough but I don’t think that using a white support would have been the answer. I wanted to use a pale blue but of course didn’t have any. What would you have chosen?

    • artkleko says:

      Hi Gillian, White on a white support doesn’t work. I use a lot of white, so I shy away from any white sup[port when using it. I would go with a blue support, even a deep shade. The only problem with a deep blue is that your yellows may look green, but that can be a good thing!

  2. Gillian says:

    Thanks Richard – I guess I really do need some blue Pastelmat.

  3. I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

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