Can you tell by the disarray of my drafting table that I decided to do a little impromptu study in colored pencil? ;) Last night, I sat down to contemplate my next study in graphite, which must begin by popping a movie into my DVD player. Somehow, I messed up the loading of "The Pagemaster" (Just felt like I needed a little artist rendered imagination in my life. :) ), and it took me through the making of the film. The hand illustrated animation captivated me, and the process of colorization was as always... inspiring.
It was then that I began to look through my colored pencil technique books and pulled out "Colored Pencils" by Morrell Wise. This particular book seemed to be colored pencil drawing in its most broken down form. Plus, a fellow artist had recommended this book to me a year ago for the blending lessons. Without delay, I dug out my Prismacolors pencils and began sharpening.
**Note** Please do not think ill thoughts of me, but you can see by the photo below that my next step was to pull apart the book. It is so much easier to see the pages flat on a surface. I do this with all of the art books that I study drawing techniques from. The pages of the book will get three hole punched, and the book will get placed in its own individual binder. On the thrifty side, damaged books can be saved and bought cheaply with this in mind. :)
Charcoal paper was chosen for the support... extremely toothy. My inner need to have perfect lines and control kicked in and stopped all progress. It almost made me put the color adventure on hold. Then, I thought of how smooth Bristol had such an astounding effect on my graphite technique, so I decided to move on to a smoother surface.
**Note** While looking back at this unfinished piece this morning, I am drawn to the loose pastel feel. It definitely deserves to be revisited and finished.
"Colored Pencils" by Morrell Wise is proving to be a great jumping off point on my exploration of colored pencils. I am anxious to experiment on a few more surfaces and will be enlarging the subject to get better control of the thick waxy pencil points. (Graphite has me trained on such a thin lead.) The book also contains the "how to" of rendering an apple, strawberry, and a bunch of grapes in a similar step-by-step process. Wise's book was published in 1985; so, as far as I know, it is no longer being produced and that is a great shame. Lucky for us, places like Amazon and EBay can be a great help in purchasing a copy. :)