My new-found creativity is costing me money. I was using graphite pencils drawing a certain actor when I had the urge to see him in color.
Back I headed to the arts supply store for color pencils and a few how-to books. These books were a rude awakening. A color pencil was not the same as a regular graphite pencil but with color. Using them is an art in itself; that’s why the medium is called color painting and not color drawing. Oh my.
The books also informed me I needed a lot more supplies before I could start: harder finishing pencils; acetate under my arm to prevent smudging; a color blender; the right paper; masking product; proper tape; fixative, an electric sharpener. I needed the right pencils to use just the right amount pressure on transfer paper to get my image from a sketch to the work paper. I needed to study techniques like burnishing, underpainting and color blending. I needed to practice, practice, practice light, medium and heavy shading because – wait for it – color pencil can’t really be erased. Oh. But, the books reassured, don’t be nervous, just jump in and have fun.
After my hand stopped shaking, I jumped in. The first painting, a weirdly shaped apple, resembled something out of a Salvadore Dali work. Not good. The second was a scratchy looking unappetizing pear. Hmm. The third and fourth were more tries with a more normal looking apple and red bell peppers. That certain actor won’t be a color painting until I stop sweating blood over vegetables and fruit, alas.
Still life shading lessons, color pencil