So here is the 2.5x3.5 (atc/aceo) that I’m using as a reference, and the my chosen ‘palette’ of pencils. I always begin with a limited palette, preferring mixed colours over the 256 pencils thing. I expand my palette later as necessary, but in this case, no green pencils will be used.
After a brief sketch to get things down, I rough in with water colour on 9x12 Arches Watercolour Paper (thanks Anonymous, for your gift). My rough is using 3 colours only, gamboges yellow, burnt sienna and prussian blue.
Now I’ve started scribbling in with pencil. Sounds easy, but I work in brief bursts with a lot of head scratching in between. Painting is much quicker, but there is something about the glow and the line of coloured pencil that I can’t resist. Above, though, we are far from glow, as I’m still being quite ‘tentative’.
The colour is saturated now in most sections: the lower right has what I call ‘glow’. I’m using a pencil called electric blue—it is a bright blue but extremely transparent and I hope it never gets discontinued. Now I get to decide if I want to add a layer of acrylic gel and sand, or continue on as is. I also plan to scrape back some colour and paper to lay in some pure colour, there is one experimental yellow dot in the middle tree trunk. Currently this work is ‘percolating’ on my table. Meaning that I have it propped up to glance at now and again while I contemplate how I should proceed.
So now I’m off to work on the next Issue V of my Itty Bitty Books. Scanning, writing, fiddling with the Gimp, and, I’m sure, a lot more head scratching. Does anything ever get easier???