Original Colored Pencil Painting
11 x 14 Rising Stonehenge Paper, 90lb, Pearl Grey
It was a great week in the studio, but a pretty thin week for Buckles & Belts in Colored Pencil. Monday is the only day I had time to work on it.
Colors Used: (Prismacolor) Dark Brown, Black Cherry, Indigo Blue, Black, Sky Blue Light, Slate Gray, French Grey 20%, White, Colorless Blender; Verithin White
I worked throughout the horse with a layer each of Dark Brown, Black Cherry and, in the darker areas, Black. These colors were applied primarily over the shadows and darkest areas, where I’m working toward the final colors and saturation. There is already a significant amount of color on the surface, so I’m using a pressure rating between 7 and 9. Not quite burnishing, but getting close.
After that, most of the work was focused on the eyes. I began by altering the shape of the off side eye, adding a little bulk to it and correcting the contour.
I also finished or nearly finished the near eye with heavy layers of Indigo Blue and Black over the eye ball, a highlighting with Sky Blue Light, which I also applied to the rim of the lower eye lid. Darker colors were used around the eye and in the cast shadow below the eye.
I also used Slate Gray to begin adding reflected light in the shadow around the eye, particularly in front of the eye. A few additional eye lashes were stroked in with Verithin White.
I’m not sure the eye is done, but it’s looking pretty good.
I think the next step in the process will be painting the bridle. Heavy pressure and an almost ‘impasto’ application of color is what I’m planning. Hopefully at the beginning of next week.
After that, it will be a matter of continuing to build color until the painting is finished.