I treated myself to the BIG set of Prismacolor colored pencils – 150 colors! And some toned paper. Here is the result:
This is graphite, colored pencil and white charcoal pencil on gray toned paper. I love working on a toned ground and pulling highlights out of it, pushing the shadows back. That’s something I can’t do with transparent watercolor. The brilliant color I was able to get with colored pencil was a happy surprise.
The subject is from a hike with my children the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Knowing that hunters were out and about on the public land we – without our blaze orange – explored the stream bed right along the road. These stately rocks were on the hill above.
With 100 yards of the scene just described, this little hemlock is tucked in snugly between an oak and limestone boulders.
It’s amazing how many colors can be seen within gray rocks.
Both pieces are 11″ x 14″ matted, and are in 16″ x 20″ oak frames.
What I used:
- Prismacolor 150 colored pencil set. These are fantastic.
- The Prismascolor sharpener is worth the investment.
- Prismacolor colorless blenders are necessary. And come free with both of the above on Amazon.
- Strathmore Gray Toned Paper, 11 x 14..