Wednesday, January 7, 2009
January Flower: Carnation WIP Update
I'm still plugging away at this flower. You can see I kinda jump around with the petals, filling in more reds, greens, purples and blues. It looks like I need to darken the background as well.
It's really interesting to see how other colored pencil artists complete their works. Quite a few artists complete sections at a time - so you're slowly getting more and more of the painting, like watching water slowly gliding over a surface after your 2 year old spilled her glass. Very fascinating (the art, not the spilled water...) Other artists work in layers, similar to how I work. Since I started out in watercolors, using glazes of color to build up the painting, I see this as a natural way of building up colored pencil as well. Both are transparent in a way, so that you can see the individual layers as you work. By using blue and yellow to create green creates more depth and visual excitement than if one used green in the beginning.
In the next update (maybe the last??), I will have added more colors to the flower for interest and definitely darkened the background. We'll see!
A lot more work ahead of me, and I wanted to get it done by last weekend! Maybe I can at least have it done by February's reception.