Monday, October 24, 2011

Colored pencil on black

Anubis - a look back

I am really liking the looks of this.

I promised David I would send it to him.

Hope he likes it as much as I do!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tut tut

My first sketch went off the page
Here's the dog

Tut would have a fit ... our colored pencil class went to the King Tut exhibit and sketched and took photos, we are going to transfer our impressions to black paper. Well, OF COURSE I chose a black dog!

Paula, a most delightful lady,  kept commenting on the shape of his tail, and I walked to the back end to see what her fascination might be. Seemed as good a subject as any ... here is my start.

I plan to use this as an idea for my background
My overall plan

Life is just a work in progress ...

Planning the background

Working on the foreground

Friday, October 14, 2011

French Gray? More leaves

leave with shading
I did another leaf this morning and really enjoyed blending colors to try to match nature's wild abandon. If you saw the piles of leaves in my driveway, each one unique and begging to be drawn, you would understand my awe.

My leaf, however, lacked the depth of the "real thing." So I tried covering it with French Gray, ... whatever that is, not a warm and not a cool, and that didn't do it. Next I added some warm gray ... better, but not right yet.

shaded leaf plus grays, red and green sandwich

Finally I went over the whole leaf with 2 shades of red and a green in between. That complementary sandwich seemed to tone it down for my eye, although my camera still sees differences. I am really enjoying this assignment and have lots of leaves flattening out in a book for later.

Did a LOT of searching on the internet, and apparently French Gray has purple undertones. I am comparing it to the BV 23 grayish lavender copic marker that was one of my first three copics, and has always been a favorite of mine.

Hmmm. wonder what would happen if I tried to color the same leaf using copics. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Colored pencils - leaf

We were supposed to capture the colors of a fall leaf accurately, but I got carried away with my pencils.

 I guess my colored pencil leaf doesn't look at all like the real one, but I was still very pleased with the result.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Animation Class ... My first movie

Wow ... I can make movies now! Watch out Disney and pixar!

Chinese Brush Painting by a real CAT

 I was practicing my orchids for Chinese Brush Painting class when Fry decided I needed some help.
He added a footprint to this one
Adding a footprint signature

Fry appreciates my chinese brush painting

( By the way, the sample at the top was done by my instructor, not me. )