MIDDLE: Early Morning at Conroy’s Gap, drawn on terracotta coloured paper.
BOTTOM: The North Esk at Corra Linn, drawn on beige coloured paper.
Three different drawings on three different coloured supports, each having its own particular ‘look’.
As I said last week, it’s really important to understand the ‘mood’ of your subject before you draw it. Select the appropriate support and you will find it much easier to obtain the ‘look’ that you require.
If you want a ‘painterly’ look, then try to avoid white paper which usually (not always) results in quite graphic work. Atmosphere and mood are vital in representational art and working on a coloured background can give you a tremendous advantage.
I don’t believe that serious, resolved artworks in coloured pencil should look like drawings. No, I’m not going mad, it’s that I ‘paint’ with my pencils. I lay down colour against colour to build up a strong, visual response to a subject, feeling or an issue. Drawing doesn’t have to be tame!