Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 25, 2013
Afternoon Graze
8×10 Colored Pencil
Bristol 146 lb. Regular Surface, White

At the end of the previous work session, I extended the lower and left margin because I thought the composition needed the added space.

To blend the new area with existing work, I used layers of Dark Brown and Indigo Blue in the shadows and Sand and Olive Green throughout the area. I used medium heavy pressure and vertical strokes with each color and followed up with a glaze of Limepeel.

Across the bottom, I used medium light pressure with short, vertical strokes spaced close together. I used the same type of stroke along the left side, but reduced the pressure as I worked upward. I also continued using a vertical stroke, but opened them up as I moved upward.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 21, 2013

 

In the next phase, I layered Limepeel in the middle ground and distance with vertical strokes applied with varying length to create the illusion of distance.

The blend line needed further attention, so I added Indigo Blue to the shadows, using medium heavy to heavy pressure with a sharp pencil to stroke up from the bottom. I then repeated the process with Dark Brown and burnished with Sky Blue Light, White, and Sand.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 22, 2013

 

I continued layering Indigo Blue and Dark Brown into the shadows using medium heavy to heavy pressure and sharp pencils, sometimes impressing darker color through the existing color and into the paper.

Then I layered Cream throughout the background using light pressure. I covered all of the background but the sky and trees.

I next added Limepeel in the darker areas with short vertical strokes beginning in the background. As I moved forward in the composition, I lengthened the strokes and made them less uniform.

That was followed by a glaze of French Grey 20% using medium pressure over the Limepeel in the background and over all the colors in the foreground.

Before further work on the grass, I switched to Verithin Terra Cotta and used heavy pressure to work on the tails of both horses, followed by Verithin Peacock Blue, and finally Verithin Black.

I layered Dark Brown, Limepeel, and Olive Green in short, vertical strokes in the grass on the left side. In some of the darker areas, I added a second layer of each color and in the darkest areas, a third layer of Dark Brown and Olive Green. I then went over the highlights and lighter middle tones with Sand.

With each layer, I used very sharp pencils and medium to medium heavy pressure to duplicate the look of grassy clumps, patchy highlights, and variations in the surface of the ground.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 25, 2013


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