I have taken a break from pastel painting. Now that we have transitioned from summer and working our way towards the fall season, I have noticed I have shorter blocks of free time on my hands. For now, I don’t want to deal with the setup and clean up while working with pastels.
I am back to working with pencils. As in colored pencils. I know I posted somewhere my treasured Prismacolor Colored Pencil set. If not, here it is again:
When I received this set a few months ago, it came in a long box and the set was quite heavy. I was surprised to see two trays side by side and then three layers deep. I guess that it the only way to package 150 colored pencils…safely. It’s a gorgeous set of colors! Don’t you agree?
From this set of 150 colors, I’ve managed to pull out several colors I thought I would frequently use. Do you know how hard that is? Over a few weeks of use, I have added more colors to my collection. There are a few that I have removed.
My colored pencil collection is kept in my Color It zip around case that I found on the Internet:
My case holds 72 pencils in their designated elastic slots. It can hold more…about a dozen more. I’ve placed them loosely in the backside of the case.
As I have been drawing and experimenting with different types of papers, I’ve noticed the different results I’m getting with my artwork. My favorite brand of paper to use is Canson. If you look at my paper/pad stash, you will find 60% is made up of Canson, 20% is Strathmore, and 20% is other (experimenting with other brands). My favorite paper weight is 90+ lb. The heavier paper withstands lots of erasing (which I seldom have to do), but holds up to the many layers of color or graphite I apply.
Here’s an apple trio I drew in my small Canson Mix Media (5.5″x8.5″) sketchbook:
You can see a bit of the details from the paper showing through. In this artwork, I’ve added several layers of colored pencils. Some areas with a heavy hand. This “mix media” paper has a bit of texture or tooth to it.
I decided to do another drawing, but using a different type of paper. Here’s my drawing using Canson Bristol (9″x12″/smooth side) paper:
You can clearly see a difference in the outcome of my artwork. My lines appear smoother. Again, I have worked in layers of colors mostly with a light hand. This is still a work in progress as I’m experimenting with coloring in shadows correctly. Which I still have to do.
Here’s my portable sketch book that I mentioned I used for quick sketches or experiments:
For my final drawings, I use my Bristol paper. This is an old pad I’m trying to use up:
This Bristol paper is my favorite to draw on. It has two sides, one is smooth and the other has texture or tooth. I call it my all purpose paper. If I don’t like my initial drawing I can turn it over and start again or reuse it for another drawing. Cool, huh?