Ok, it doesn't look like I did much today but I actually spent several hours working on this. I signed up for Kindle Unlimited last week and have since found that they have a TON of art instruction books available. I have like 104 on a wishlist already and I keep finding more. Of course, this begs the question about how much time I've wasted looking for said books rather than working on my art...procrastination much? Anyway, I found "The Ultimate Colored Pencil Guide" and read through it last night. There are a couple of projects I'm interested in completing in this book so I decided to get one underway.
What you see above is the start of one that is a section of a stained glass window. This exercise teaches blending and burnishing techniques and I'm excited to work on it. There are a lot of pencils used in this one so it took me a while to get all of them sorted out. Then I set out to copy the design to my paper. I'm sure I could have free handed it but I really wanted the proportions to be as accurate as possible, especially since I was increasing the size of the design from a 7"x5.5" piece of paper to 14"x11". So, I opted to use the grid technique for transferring. One thing I had to be really aware of was to not press hard on the graphite pencil when making the grid lines and when drawing in the glass sections. I have a tendency to be really heavy handed so this was a little challenging. The issue with this is that when the pencil is pressed too hard, it forms an impression in the paper and the colored pencil won't cover that impression easily. Now, this can be a useful technique to create texture or add interest to a colored pencil drawing but I'm not going for any of that in this one. Unfortunately, I won't really know if I was successful in avoiding the impression until I start applying the color, so wish me luck :)
The second picture shows the drawing in the next stage...ready for coloring. As per the book, I used a color from each section to draw a line adjacent to the graphite line so that the space would be depicted but I could erase the graphite lines. Now with the grid lines and other graphite lines erased, I'm ready to color...tomorrow...