TOP: The South Esk River at Conroy’s Gap, drawn on yellow ochre coloured printmaking paper.

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!



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  1. Gillian says:

    Thanks for this, Richard – I learn so much from you. I agree that CP work should be classed as painting. AS I understand it, pastel works are referred to as paintings amongst professionals so the same rule should apply. Visually, many people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference anyway.

    • artkleko says:

      You are right Gillian, pastelists are considered painters. We must continue to fight the good fight and get CP ‘out there’ and show the rest of the art world its true potential!

  2. Wow! Nice design. I like the The North Esk at Corra Linn. It looks very vivid.

  3. I agree on knowing the mood of what you want to paint first. It reflects on your painting once its done. 🙂

  4. Wow! Awesome drawing. Thanks for sharing…

  5. Oil painting says:

    Very nice image! There are people who live to create a beauty, in other words, create an art. People should put as much energy as possible into looking and finding the beauty in life. Many believe that great artists are born with nothing more than talent. But it is not true, because artists spend years practicing and perfecting their techniques. I like your technique! No one is perfect and there are always many ways to learn throughout the whole life. We should keep it in mind!

  6. There is apparently a bunch to know about this. I consider you made various good points in features also.

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