Step-by-Step Demo: A Portrait in Colored Pencil

In this free excerpt from “Colored Pencil Comes of Age” by Maureen Bloomfield in The Artist’s Magazine (May 2013), artist Shawn Falchetti gives a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint with colored pencil and water-soluble crayon.

Colored Pencil Plus Water

Demo:

Opaline Dreams (colored pencil and water-soluble crayon, 20x12) by Shawn Falchetti

1. With raw umber, brown and black Neocolor II crayons, I blocked in the major dark shapes on a sheet of “fresh gray” Artspectrum Colourfix paper. Loading a watercolor brush with water, I scumbled the pigment until it liquefied.

 

Opaline Dreams (colored pencil and water-soluble crayon, 20x12) by Shawn Falchetti

2. The paper dried overnight. With a very sharp Prismacolor Premier colored pencil, I blocked in the lights, as well as the midtone local color, with a scumbling motion and medium pressure to apply an even base layer.  

 

Opaline Dreams (colored pencil and water-soluble crayon, 20x12) by Shawn Falchetti

3. I developed transitions between Neocolor II and colored pencil areas as I applied layers of colored pencil over the dried washes; some edges I left soft.

 

Opaline Dreams (colored pencil and water-soluble crayon, 20x12) by Shawn Falchetti

4. It took up to 20 layers of color to develop the skin tones and dress folds, but for some areas of the dress, I allowed the bare green paper to shine through. I added the fine details of the lace last by drawing just a few of the shadows and highlights in Opaline Dreams (colored pencil and water-soluble crayon, 20×12).

Read about other colored pencil artists in the full feature article by Maureen Bloomfield in The Artist’s Magazine (May 2013).

 

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