After 3 weeks in the tropics of Far North Queensland, I’ve finally commenced a coloured pencil drawing. Adjusting to the heat and missing my studio back in Tasmania have been hurdles that I am at last beginning to overcome.

Instead of something truly ‘tropical’ by definition, I have decided to draw a section of the Barron Falls. I love drawing water, especially waterfalls. The palette for this work is the same as I would use back in Tasmania. Wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t bring the pencils I needed for this drawing! I had to go and buy some and after 2 sessions totalling about 4 hours I have a drawing that’s starting to make some visual sense.

At 60 x 80 cm, it’s a sizeable piece of work, but I wanted the power of the waterfall to confront viewers.

Pencils used so far: Prismacolors – White, French Grey 10%, Light Umber, Dark Brown, (Polychromos) Black.

Waterfalls are very majestic subjects and I want to do justice to this impressive section of the Barron Falls.



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5 Responses to TROPICAL DRAWING 1.

  1. Gillian says:

    That’s quite an undertaking, Richard. Assuming the taupe colour is your support I’m amamzed at how bright you’ve managed to get the white areas – something I struggle with. x

    • artkleko says:

      The support is sepia, Gillian, as I was unable to get my ‘usual’, Havarne Clair. I find that you can get a good covering of white using layers and spraying fixative after each layer. I have noticed that Prismacolors are easier to apply in warm conditions and that may also be a contributing factor.

  2. Gillian says:

    That’s a good tip, thanks.

  3. April says:

    This has great promise Richard. It’s always fun to see how your drawings develop so I’ll be back to see how this and your tropical stones progress 🙂

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