Original Colored Pencil Painting
11 x 14 Rising Stonehenge Paper, 90lb, Pearl Grey
Welcome to Week 3!
When work concluded last week, the umber under painting looked like it had been pushed as far as I cared to push it with the hard lead of Verithin pencils. There was a pretty good range of values from dark to light. The highlights were popping quite as much as I’d like to see, but there’s also a lot of broad highlights and not many refined and highly defined highlights.
So the decision was whether or not to continue under painting work with Prismacolors or to consider the under painting done and move to the color layers.
To begin work this week, I reviewed the painting overall, looking for areas that needed work. I tweaked where tweaking seemed necessary. Mostly in the deep shadows and in and around the eye. Mostly fine-tuning the values that were already present.
When that work was done, I chose to set the painting aside for another day of review before charging ahead into color. I’ve made that mistake before and know it’s a lot better use of time to wait a day than it is move forward at the first sign of impatience and wish later I hadn’t.
Another day, another review. I looked over the umber layer in person and by means of the digital image and decided it was complete. Time for Color!
From this point on, I’ll list the colors I used and the brand of pencil, as well. For today’s work, I used Non Photo Blue, Indigo Blue, Goldenrod and Pumpkin Orange in the Verithin line.
Work on the color phase began with a layer of Non Photo Blue over all parts of the nylon halter. I followed that with Indigo Blue in the shadows of the halter, including the vertical ribbing and the seams.
I then layered Indigo into the eye, mane and forelock, neck and the parts of the horse that are dark brown, black-brown or in shadow.
Colors Used: (All Verithin) Terra Cotta, Peacock Green, Indigo Blue, Light Cerulean Blue, Dark Brown, Black
Goldenrod was layered into all areas of the horse that will be golden red or golden brown. I started by using directional strokes to simulate hair, but the color was so light I decided to apply it with the side of the pencil in an even layer.
Pumpkin Orange was applied in all the same areas, as well as most of the neck and additional areas on the forehead and ears. I used the same combination of directional strokes with a sharp pencil and broad layers of color with the side of the pencil.
Colors Used: (All Verithin) Terra Cotta, Peacock Green, Indigo Blue, Light Cerulean Blue, Dark Brown
I began with a layer of Terra Cotta over most of the brown and red-gold areas.
That was followed with a layer of Peacock Green over all of the horse but the mid-tones and highlights. I used the side of the pencil to get an even color layer, although I also stroked in the direction of hair growth around the off side eye and over the bridge of the nose. I also did a little bit of work on the chin strap of the halter with green.
After that, most of the work concentrated on the forelock. I used long strokes to layer all of the colors used in a random pattern over the forelock, ending with Black. I also created better defined hair masses.
I need to adjust the shape of the forelock to create a more natural ‘peak’ so I started that work today. After I stopped for the day and looked at the painting later, I thought it might also require lifting or erasing some previously applied color in order to do what needs to be done in this area.
Colors Used: (Verithin) Dark Brown, Indigo Blue, Black
Special Tools: Click Eraser
The first thing step today was erasing most of the upper part of the forelock and a little bit of the area around it.
Then I stroked in forelock with Dark Brown, Indigo Blue and Black, reshaping the major hair masses, but also adding a lot of flying hair to help break up the negative space on that side of the painting. I did a similar thing with the mane, changing the top edge of the mane so it was higher and a little more bulky.
When I finished, I shaded Black over the darker parts of the neck, the eye and some of the areas around the eye and the ear.
Following is a detail shot of the forelock, just to show you some of the fun I had at the end of the week.