Thursday, 9 July 2009

White Daisy WIP (1)

I've started this daisy on pale grey Colorfix sanded paper, about 9" x 11". I took lots of photos of white daisies in the Spring this year and this is from a crop of one of those. I'm using my favourite pencils, Faber Castell Polychromos, although I haven't used them on this paper before - oooer! I like to work the whole picture up at the same time, rather than working on one bit in detail, because I get a better sense of the whole piece, colourwise ,as I'm going along.

I've used sky blue and light ultramarine on the background so far and a stiff brush to try and get a smooth look - we can't have a stripey sky! Trouble is, as any seasoned coloured pencilist will know, while this sanded paper speeds up the drawing process, it does tend to eat up your pencils so I might have to dip into my stocks for some more 'blues'. I've also put in the lightest bright bits with a white pencil and started modelling the centre. I've used the blues also in the petals and introduced some greys.

I don't really have a 'game plan' when doing these flowers - I just work it out as I go along so it's always a case of being 'on a wing and a prayer'. We'll see....early days yet.


Pauline said...

This one is looking great Janet, I must try cp on Colorfix, I feel I need some inspiration at the moment so this might be just what I need....and congratulations on your new website it looks good too.

Janet Pantry said...

Thanks Pauline, much appreciated.

Chrissy said...

What a lovely start to your new blog, the petals look beautifully soft. I came to have a look from your link on UKCPS. I am experimenting with different papers, the one that eats the pencils most seems to be Fisher 400 but it does add a lot of depth.

Janet Pantry said...

Thanks Chrissy. Yes, I think the 'pros' of sanded paper probably outweight the 'cons'!


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