Photo reference for colored pencil painting, Buckles & Belts in CP
Original Colored Pencil Painting
11 x 14 Rising Stonehenge Paper, 90lb, Pearl Grey

Monday
Original Colored Pencil Painting, Buckles & Belts by Carrie L. Lewis
Colors Used: (Prismacolor) Indigo Blue, Goldenrod, Sienna Brown

The work session began with Indigo Blue, which I stroked into the shadows of the neck, forehead, around the eye and in and around the ear. I used a very sharp pencil and directional strokes to simulate hair growth. Strokes followed the direction of hair growth as much as possible.

Indigo Blue was applied only in the darker brown areas of the horse, but even there, the layer of color was fairly open to keep the brown from going too blue. I finished with Indigo Blue by stroking color into some of the darker areas of the forelock.

I then used a sharp pencil and directional strokes to apply Goldenrod to the golden areas around the ear and eye and the lower part of the face near the nose band. I wasn’t quite so careful about keeping this pencil sharp because the color is so light and because broad strokes with a blunt point or with the side of the pencil are more effective.

After that, I began work with Sienna Brown, overlapping shadows and middle tones with this color.

Tuesday
Original Colored Pencil Painting, Buckles & Belts by Carrie L. Lewis
Colors Used: (Prismacolor) Sienna Brown, Goldenrod, Black

The first thing I today did was finish the work I started yesterday by layering Sienna Brown throughout the horse. I used a sharp pencil and directional strokes and worked over all but the darkest shadows and brightest highlights. I worked on the face and the neck, but concentrated mostly on the areas at and around the eye, which is the focal point.

After that, I layered Goldenrod over most of the same areas, including the shadow near the eye. Again, I used a sharp pencil and directional strokes for most of the work, but also did a little bit of work with a blunter point.

I also layered Sienna Brown and Goldenrod into the leather bridle straps and into the eye. I haven’t done much with the bridle up to this point, so wanted to get some color on it.

Original Colored Pencil Painting, Buckles & Belts by Carrie L. Lewis
I finished work for the day with Black, working mostly on the forelock, where I shaded the entire area, then used an eraser to lift the primary highlight.

I also layered black into the darkest shadows under the head and around the eye. The eye is beginning to come to life and that gives the overall painting a more complete look. There is still a lot of work to do even in this area, but this is currently my favorite part of the painting.

Carrie