Well, I did it. Geez, it felt like forever. The scan of the pencil portrait worked great as a sort of grisaille which saved me a lot of time. I didn’t have to build layer after layer of shadow. I really admire people who work in colored pencil. There is so much discipline involved. You have to be even when applying strokes. As you can see my background is pretty uneven because I wasn’t patient enough to really move my pencil in a way that would ensure even color. Oh and working on vellum Bristol board didn’t help either. It was nice to have the texture at first because you can apply so many layers of color. The problem with that is that I realized that I don’t have the patience to apply the number of layers needed to really do this right.
It took me days to finish this, and I’m sorry that I rushed the background. It’s no masterpiece, but the flesh looks fleshyenough to suit me, so I will put this in my success stack. This was a wonderful exercise. It was definitely worth doing. I see potential here and if I stick with it I could be pleasantly surprised by the results.
So bless all of you colored pencil artists. There should be a special medal for you.
It’s been a wonderful two days. The sun has been out and my daffodils and crocuses are up. It’s feeling like spring and my heart is singing with it!