Drawing Two Yellow Roses in Prismacolor Pencil

Drawing Two Yellow Roses in Prismacolor Pencil

A long-awaited TA DA moment – this drawing was started way back in 2019 and it’s only now getting done! ha….sometimes I just can’t seem to stay on track. But it’s done, and it feels good!

I like to change up my video “intro” every two years or so – and when I did that back in 2019, there was a little clip of this rose drawing. Which subsequently landed in an empty pad of Stonehenge paper, to get moved around the studio repeatedly over the last bunch of years! I kept thinking I needed to get back to it, but I knew just how much work it would take to get it done.

That proved true – five solid days of work on it! (And you thought I was ‘resting’ on sabbatical??)

Video

Watch the video to see it transformed below or click HERE to watch on YouTube. (The extended version is available to patrons at the $5+ level per month.)

When creating a larger piece like this I keep glassine handy – it keeps me from smudging or getting the oils from my hand on the pigment. The color before I got started was really pale, you can see that in the rose on the left….

I’ve started keeping my little Pantone cup to hold the colors for longer-term projects – it keeps the selection together and I don’t have to wonder which got put back in the case.

Colors used:

The finished piece made me so happy! I’ve put it into my Fine Art shop HERE

…and also uploaded to Society6 HERE.

ICYMI (In case you missed it!)

I promised the collection of Social Media links in case you missed them coz I know there’s too much to follow, so here you go….they’re listed in the order of photos in the gallery below.

  1. Monday’s blog post: 3 Mediums to create realistic bokeh
  2. Watercolor roses card video with bokeh background (stamp from Picket Fence)
  3. Forest pencil sketch turned into a card (see original sketch here)
  4. Sam and Amos watercolor video (dogs)
  5. Hugging rabbits card video with CCC Lots of Love
  6. Copic flower garden video in a sketchbook
  7. Tiny Tutorial about bokeh
  8. Pencil extender to make stubby pencils last longer (get one in an accessory set or solo)
  9. How to draw a rosebud tiny tutorial

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3 Mediums to Create a Realistic Bokeh Effect

3 Mediums to Create a Realistic Bokeh Effect

Happy 2022! It feels like today starts that new adventure I talked about last week….and I hope you’re as excited as I am! This is taking far longer than my old style of posting, at least for the moment – because I’m coordinating social media posts all week, and tying everything up so it works together. I’m developing a system though, and am very hopeful it’ll become smooth sailing over time!

In this first episode of my new format – the “Deep Dive” video takes a look at 3 different ways to achieve a bokeh effect, which is what photographers get when the background is 1) out of focus (foreground is IN focus) and there are 2) either twinkly lights (think night city scene) or light filtering onto dust particles in the background. It becomes soft and out of focus – and makes an excellent background for all kinds of art projects!

Video

In the video, three different ways – starting from easiest, and going up to hardest. Watch below or click HERE to see it on YouTube – where you can also click on “chapters” to advance to the medium you’d like to see.

Colored Pencil

This is the easy one – pick some analagous colors, and I recommend having a black or dark color included too, just to create some drama/contrast. It looks great with some light and some dark areas. Grab your tea strainer and cotton balls and get busy!

Colored Pencil Supplies

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Watercolor

This one’s a little tougher – the rabbit not included in that descriptor! You can use whatever image in the foreground you want. But for the bokeh background, let colors bleed together, then when it’s mostly dry – damp but not puddly – you’ll lift off the bokeh lights with a baby wipe. And by the way this original painting is for sale HERE – and prints are HERE.

Watercolor Supplies

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Copic Marker

This one might be a bit tougher! Lots of color layering – the yellows felt unrealistic so I tempered them with blue-violets, then that got so purple I added the yellows back….but it came out so gorgeous I don’t really care how much time it took. Ha!

Colors used…

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What will you try?

What’s your medium? Can you picture these backgrounds behind a particular image in the foreground?

Disco breakdance snowman Christmas Card (and winners)

Disco breakdance snowman Christmas Card (and winners)

That has GOT to be a card title never before used, right?

I made a little bonus card with the Gerda Steiner stamp that I showed the other day – Namasleigh. Y’all blew it OUT OF STOCK! Whoa! I didn’t know that many folks would be yoga fanatics. 🙂 If you didn’t nab one go sign up for notifications and Gerda can let you know when a reorder is in hand.

Since I’m announcing winners later in this post, I thought I’d also post another card with this set – warning: TOTALLY SILLY!

I’m trying to use up a stack of cut paper – and this paper was not what I thought. As a matter of fact I dont know what it is! So hard to work with. I wanted Stonehenge but…..while the surface seemed right, it was thicker, and since I’d then already stamped it, I proceeded – first coloring the disco floor. Then I masked the snowman and a circle for the discoball and went nuts with my airbrush, because that doesn’t care that the pencil didn’t like the paper. Airbrush goes on lots of weird surfaces! Some white pen magic…and this one’s ready to go in the mail to a special friend. Who shall remain nameless for the moment. Ha!

WINNERS!

Card: June Stengel
Stamp set: @tzcarddesign

You can both email me your mailing address to receive your prizes! CONGRATS!

Erasing colored pencil to create snow

Erasing colored pencil to create snow

Yes erasing! I know lots of us use white pen, and while that’s often a great way to go – there are special eraser tools that can also be a huge help in creating a realistic scene with snow.

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Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube

The erasers below:

  • Electric eraser: it’s battery operated; think of it as a teeny drill. The edges get dull quickly, so you need to “sharpen” it regularly – just turn it on and let it “erase” a desktop or counter for a second and it’ll shave it down. The package I bought had a bunch of erasers in it, and replacements are cheap too – but I’ve just ordered the $40 one to see if it’s worth the extra money or not. Hang on and I’ll provide results for testing in 2022. (Sabbatical starts in December so I don’t think I’ll get to it by then.)
  • Tombow Knock Stick eraser – green plastic case. I’ve had this for years, I use it for larger areas of targeted erasing.
  • Tombow Mono eraser – flat. More of a chisel point, and you can carve it into a shape you need.
  • Tombow Mono eraser – round. A bullet style nib, very tiny.

Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, flat Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, round

The Polychromos colors used for today’s project….

The finished card is 5×7 due to the size of the train station – eeep! Horizontal would have been better for an A2 but I couldn’t fit in trees if I did that.

See the masking for the train card here.

Guest video at MFT today!

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The lollipop question: how many colored pencil layers does it take to color-match?

The lollipop question: how many colored pencil layers does it take to color-match?

How many colored pencil layers does it take to achieve a good color match? Spoiler alert, I still don’t know. ha! (But someone might be counting so let me know in comments if you get a number!) It’ll be different with different subjects, on different papers, and with different pencils…so it’s less like a lollipop for sure!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The leaves I picked up on my walk….so many colors and shapes!

My drawing of them, with a few replacements for ones that curled into brown balls before I had gotten to them!

And the final, with shadows, added when they were all drawn.

Colors used for ALL the leaves:

Tag week cometh!

My traditional 24 tags of Christmas series is ahead….stick around for that all next week!

Autumn leaves classes

Autumn Leaves Colored Pencil Class


Autumn Leaves Copic Class

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Meet the Maker – Winter Scene Coloring

Meet the Maker – Winter Scene Coloring

TGIF! There’s something kinda special going on today – my friend Ellen Hutson is starting a “Meet the Maker” series, and she invited me to participate! So in addition to today’s post that you’re reading right now, there’s a lot more over on her blog – but more about that once today’s project is complete. Pull up a chair and let’s chat a while!

First – a word about that photo right next to this text: I got new glasses! I’ve needed them for almost 2 years; the last pair wasn’t made properly, but, well….pandemic! I had put it off, since it was distance vision that was terrible, and I haven’t gone many places so I just lived with it. But now I can see and I’m tickled!

48-hour Sale on CCC goodies is OVER, sorry!

Removed that info to save confusion.

Sale on my classes!

I have a coupon code just for my fellow Ellen Hutson friends! A few recommendations on just a few of my seasonal classes: The Winter Wonderland class is a mini intermediate class that’ll teach 5 different ways to make trees and snow. Mini Autumn Scenes in pencil is also intermediate (there’s also a watercolor pencil and copic version) – 5 more tree scenes and way fun techniques in colored pencils. And the newest class is Winter Copic Enchantment with more advanced scenes than the mini classes, but if you’re game for it, there are ten fabulous lessons to create winter magic on your holiday cards!

Use coupon code ELLENSFRIENDS at Art-Classes.com for 25% off any adult class that is not already on sale. Cannot be combined with other coupons. Offer ends at 11:59pm Pacific on 10/24/2021.

Let’s get on to today’s video tutorial!

When the Autumn Scenes Mini Colored Pencil Class launched, I shared a video with a ‘rejected’ scene — I had filmed it and loved it, but it just didn’t “match” the look of the other scenes in class so it’s free on YT. When I came across the sketch again, I decided to use that scene with the rabbits from, believe it or not a Valentines stamp set! It’s Lots of Love from Colorado Craft Company, and though it’s for VDay, it’s quite suitable for any season of the year.

In the video I share a couple tips from the fall version, but the focus is on the winterizing. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

The fall version is different than the sketchbook version for a couple reasons – 1, I used different colors, and 2, I made it much more quickly. Still cute!

The winter version has desaturated blue in the background – but saturated in the foreground, adding more depth by separating areas in the distance from those closer up.

Go see the rest of “Meet the Maker”!

The other portion of Meet the Maker is over on the Ellen Hutson blog today – Copic coloring, chatting about creative block, plus some other featured fun! Click to go see!

More CCC tutorials

Need more? Try this page that’s filled with tutorials!

Supplies

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