>> Monday, March 07, 2011
I look outside and all I see is gray. A very dreary Monday indeed. It feels like Spring will never come. So I decided to draw some Spring! The image on the left is the unaltered image done with Prismacolor colored pencils. The one on the right was brought into Photoshop and had a watercolor filter added to it. I was having some trouble getting this to scan. It was coming out so light that you can not see the highlights as I had hoped. I broke out the camera to try to take photos only to find the battery is dead. So I did what I could in Photoshop to try to get it as close as possible to the original. I kinda like the filter effect. Seems to give it more life. This piece was one of the exercises in my Lee Hammond book. I'm so new to the colored pencil media that I was having a hard time with highlights. I love my Prismacolors (they came with a kit for my graphic design classes and I've noticed they're quite expensive to purchase in hobby stores so I really want to use them properly) but I think I may pick up some Col-Erase pencils as they may be easier to work with.
I loved looking at all of the Sunday Sketches and would like to thank Aquariann as her wonderful dragon piece gave me the inspiration to break out the colored pencils. I'm still hoping to do a watercolor this week but I am in the process of rearranging two bedrooms which includes all of my craft supplies. After my boyfriend passed away, my youngest son moved back home with me. I used the spare room as a studio/computer room and am now trying to squeeze everything into my bedroom so he can officially move all of his things into his room. It's been slow going as I have a hard time going through all of my boyfriend's things but I know life must go on and he would want me to continue with my artwork. The only way to do that is to clear out some things and create a new studio space. Luckily, I have a rather large bedroom and I should be able to cram all of my crafty things into the space I have available.
I hope you all have a good week and can't wait to see more Spring inspired artwork. I'm so done with winter!