Luminance Portrait Set – review (ish)

Luminance Portrait Set – review (ish)

In which I assess what you can do with just this set of 20 pencils! There are two videos, the big one on my YT channel, the other on the MFT channel, but both are included below.

This set – the “Portrait Assortment” – actually came out at least a year and a half ago…and have been in the studio for over a year. AGH! You have no idea the backup of projects sitting around here staring at me. This one, since it included the update of a hex chart, was even more intimidating than most, and I kept putting it off. It feels sooo good to finally be able to share it after over a month of work!

My biggest question about this set, after seeing the colors in it – would this actually work for portraits, alone? Are there colors missing, or colors not used? I found both, but since I’m not a portrait artist, and am kinda clueless about the approach others would take, I could well be wrong. But I gave it a shot!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YT.

I swatch colors on 1-1/2″ squares to put into my swatchbooks (I got my pages here)…..

I know a lot of people will think I *am* a portrait artist by this – but I’ve not spent a lifetime studying portraits and learning how to handle skintones etc. So this was just an attempt – and it honestly doesn’t look a lot like the reference! That’s always been my problem; I can make people look human, but not like the subject.

Card video

I knew my crafters would like to see a card with the set too, so I came through for you! Rather than one super long video on my channel, the card is over at MFT today. I used two stamp sets, changing the outfit on one so she’s wearing a costume I once wore! Click here to see it.

Hex chart update

If you purchased the Luminance Hex Chart at art-classes, then your account should (ha!) have the download updated in your downloads list. To see if it’s the right one, the new one would say “Rev 2021” just below the copyright creation date.

If you purchased the Luminance Hex Chart here on this blog – and haven’t already worked with me to have that added to your art-classes account – then you can drop me an email and I’ll take care of that for you. Be sure to let m know what email account you would have purchased it under so I can find it to move it over.

Supplies

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Smooth & Even Colored Pencil Blending (sketch + card)

Smooth & Even Colored Pencil Blending (sketch + card)

Today….a little something full of color! Last week I created one of my “tiny tutorials” in which I used this drawing for the graphic. I’d been so inundated with watercolor throughout July that it felt SO GOOD to get pencils back out again. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

The sketch is done in my Stonehenge sketchbook – my favorite paper for colored pencils – and colored with my Prismacolor pencils. The tiny tutorial was the result of having found some trends within trends in research lately and I decided to use some of those colors to play with in the drawing. There’s also a card today so keep scrollin’!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to view on YouTube.

The tiny tutorial: bottling up the summer vibes!

Each Thursday I share a “tiny tutorial” – a mini slideshow where I teach a tiny concept in a graphical way. This past week was this one….I wasn’t able to make it a little slideshow but you can go see it right here.

The card

Ellen Hutson has the final release in the Summer of Stamping today -and I used one of the stamp sets along with a die for a card – and the same colors as the sketch.

I had some issues with this card that turn out to be actually a good little learning for me! I’ve said before that hot press watercolor paper is practically the same thing as Stonehenge. And, in some ways it is. But just LOOK at how grey it is! And it also ends up with a little different texture; for the letters I had to press really hard to get it to accept the pencil. Not sure what was up with that.

Using the big die left me figuring out what on earth to do designwise, so I decided the figures laying on their towels would be part of a gathered focal point in the corner, with the inlaid die down below. This meant I needed to make this a 5×5 card, so…it’s a biggie!

Supplies

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How to shade a life preserver shape (Polychromos Hex Chart or no?)

How to shade a life preserver shape (Polychromos Hex Chart or no?)

Today’s another Monday in the Summer of Stamping – so there’s a new little stamp set (dies if you want em!) that’s a partnership with Ellen Hutson and Pretty Pink Posh. SO summery!

When deciding whether to choose colors from my Hex Chart or swatch book comes down to what technique I plan to use:

  1. Hex Chart was colored using blending solution – darker denser colors
  2. Swatch book was colored with light layers of color

Since I’m using technique #2, I chose colors from that, not the hex chart.

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Video

Watch below or click here to view it on YouTube.

All the Summer of Stamping partnership products released over these 4 weeks are available only as long as they last – this is one of the sets that you don’t want to think about for long if you’re sitting on the fence. A walk through the instagram hop might help make your decision, as everyone will be using this set!

The colors used to color this picture, all with Polychromos Pencils:

The finished card has a black popped panel with a peekaboo hole for the image to show through; it’s slilghtly smaller than the circle so I used a 1-1/2″ punch I had in my stash. I rounded the bottom corners of the layer and card base – and added white pen around the circle.

It’s also refreshing to make a clean and simple card coz….that’s out of the norm for me!

Instagram hop

Head over to the IG hop – coz there’s prizes!

Supplies

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Picking colored pencils by name, not by color?!? (Prismacolor)

Picking colored pencils by name, not by color?!? (Prismacolor)

I wanted to challenge myself to use some colors I might normally not use – so I picked names with island terms in them. Crazy huh? While this wasn’t my most spectacular color combo, it felt good to get out of my comfort zone and do something a little on the silly side in my color choices.

Do you call your pencils by their names? Or like I do, do you just use the numbers? I find the numbers easier to read at the least. ha! #oldeyes

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to view it on YouTube.

And after my whining about the tree – I pretty much love how it came out after adding the Sand!

Second video today!

Check out my post for this fun watercolor card over at Ellen Hutson today:

Supplies

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Drawing a tiki hut beach scene in colored pencil

Drawing a tiki hut beach scene in colored pencil

I haven’t created very many advanced colored pencil tutorials – mostly because they take so very long! But once in a while I do one, and today’s the day – let’s get our summer groove on with a beach sunset!

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Video

The stamping of the scene disappeared from my video card, darn it. But I started by stamping the tiki hut in no-line ink; then I used post its to mask of JUST the sign part in the top and inked it with black to stamp; then turned the stickynotes around to block off just above the poles of the tiki hut. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I was delighted that the embossing of the sentiment came out so nice and crisp! And would it be a Sandy card without a little white pen starry sky?

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Playing dress-up with stamps

Playing dress-up with stamps

Hey friends! A quick little YT #short is below to color Snuggles….and let you know I have a coupon code for you!! More on that in a minute….I wanna show you how cute this bear looks in coveralls!

You can also see a little longer version of this card today on my FB and IG – these YT shorts need to be under a minute…so this version is super quick:

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