8" x 8" Caran d'Ache and Faber Castell Pencils on Deep Ultra Colourfix paper
Thank you to Ognjen Karabegovic for use of his original photo.
I started this just yesterday, having cropped and re-orientated the image. The original photo stands as a piece of art in its own right, I think, but I wanted to focus in on a small cluster of these flowers and see what I could do with it ... couldn't resist!
So, here's my offering at the very start of the drawing. Yes, it's dark, isn't it? It will emerge much brighter as I progress, well that's the plan anyway! I've not used this paper colour before, bit of a gamble, but I think it will serve as a good base for the colours in the image and, of course, it will also provide the drama I like so much.
I'm using the Caran d'Ache Supracolor again, they work so well on this paper and sharpen to a lovely fine point. The blues are good but they are all quite cool (greenish) so I'm also using some Faber Castell Polychromos warmer blues, notably Ultramarine, Light Ultramarine and Helioblue-Reddish. I tried out some Prismacolor blues but the first one I used, Powder Blue, promptly broke ... and kept breaking until I blitzed it in the microwave oven for 20 seconds! Well, you know, I shouldn't have to do this to a pencil to get it to perform, should I? I don't have this problem with ANY of the other pencil brands I use. So please, please, Prismacolor makers, before you produce any more fab colours for your range, can you sort out the breakage problem first! It's no good having a million whizzy colours and high lightfast rankings if the pencils keep breaking! I know I'm not the only one to have noticed this.
Ok, whinge over. I'm off to get back to my Forget-me-nots ... Think I'll have dinner first, I'm hungry!
Added later ... Just discovered that forget-me-nots are a symbol of remembrance. How fitting then for today is Remembrance Sunday ... Lest We Forget.