Friday, March 7, 2008

Greenway Path

I'm much happier now. Today I got to finish up a big design project and actually see it off to the printer. Yay! Now I'll have a little more art time. And, I did this little experiment with my Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils.

You may remember from my last post the issues I was having getting the Coloursoft pencils to lay down well on pastel board after I had my underpainting of Neocolor crayons. The Neocolors are rather waxy and the Coloursoft pencils just didn't get along with them very well. So, for this experiment I used watercolor pencils for my underpainting and the Coloursoft pencils went down beautifully over them. I was so happy with the result of this process that I now have quite a list for my next art supply purchases, once that free-lance design check arrives!

The first image below is the work in progress, still showing some of the areas washed with watercolor pencil, before the final colored pencil layer was applied. It actually looks a little too washed out in this photo, the color washes were more saturated than they appear here.


And here is the final piece, after completing the Coloursoft colored pencil layers. My only complaint was that I was working with a smaller set of Coloursofts that didn't include many of my usual color choices. But it was fun to do anyway and I really liked using these colored pencils.Greenway Path
7 x 5 inches
colored pencil on pastel board
copyright 2008 by Ann Thompson Nemcosky

10 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

that is beautiful! :D Love the colours
Glad to hear that the Coloursofts worked better for you this time. I'm going to have to try my watercolour pencils with them now :)

Brian said...

As always, a pleasure to visit your blog. You seem to get a quite rich, pastel-like effect from coloured pencils. Very nice!

Laurie said...

I love your work! Wow! It's especially interesting that you showed the layers of the trees.

Rose Welty said...

Very nice Ann!

Rita said...

This is a wonderful piece Ann with such great atmosphere to it!

I'm glad to hear that your underpainting with the wc pencils was more successful. I'm curious, how do you find the Coloursofts compared to other pencils that you've used? Pros? Cons?

Again, fantastic work!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone!
Rita, that's a good question. I imagine everyone has their own preferences due to their individual working methods. Right now I am encouraged by the way coloursofts work for me in terms of how I like to use cps and the results I am after. But this sounds like a good topic for a future post. So stay tuned! I'm glad you asked :)

Genxster said...

Ann, I always love to coming by and seeing what you are up to. This is a lovely piece. Have you tried finding the colorsofts on Ebay? I found some nicely priced FC A Durer wc pencils there. Maybe you can find your derwents there as well . Just a thought.

Genxster said...

Ann, I always love to coming by and seeing what you are up to. This is a lovely piece. Have you tried finding the colorsofts on Ebay? I found some nicely priced FC A Durer wc pencils there. Maybe you can find your derwents there as well . Just a thought.mnm

bec said...

Nice work! You handle color pencil wonderfully. I'm waiting to hear and see more...

Ann said...

Thank you Melanie and Bec! Melanie, I will check ebay, that's a good idea! Thanks:)

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