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

The image above shows how the drawing looked at the end of the previous session (read that post here).

I started on the grove of trees on the left using Olive Green with a blunt tip to stipple the outline of the branches overlapping the most distant trees, as well as the sky holes within the tree.

Next, I created value and color by stippling Olive Green from the right edge toward the center of the tree. Varying the angle at which I held the pencil and by turning the pencil as I worked allowed me to make subtle variations in value and color.

Grass in front of the tree was darkened and modeled with short vertical strokes of Olive Green. In the meadow beyond the trees, I glazed color with horizontal strokes placed close enough together to create unbroken color throughout the background and upper middle ground.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 27, 2013

 

Work on the trees continued with Olive Green, medium pressure, and stippling. Then I used very light pressure and the side of a sharp pencil to glaze Olive Green into all of the tree except the sky holes.

Then more stippling with medium pressure and finally, a medium pressure glaze with the tip of a blunted pencil. I also used medium pressure and a ‘squiggly’ stroke around the outer edges of the tree to further model the outside edges.

I next roughed in the trees on the horizon with Olive Green using light pressure and an open, crosshatching, diagonal stroke. I then blocked in cast shadows and form shadows. I worked through each tree five or six times, using the same pressure each time.

When those trees were in place, I sketched in the trees on the distant horizon, along with a strip of field using Olive Green with very light pressure. I finished those trees with a layer of Jade Green applied in tight, small strokes with medium pressure. One layer on the sunny side and two or more on the shadowed sides.

I then layered Powder Blue over the sky and the most distant trees with very light pressure. In the upper half or two-thirds of the sky, I added a second layer, then applied a third layer at the top. I followed that up with a layer or two of Sky Blue Light on the top half, then burnished all of the sky and the distant trees with White.

I also finished the meadow in front of those trees with a glaze of Yellow Chartreuse and Jade Green applied in horizontal strokes with light pressure and burnished with Sky Blue Light, then White.

I worked on the trees in the middle ground, beginning with one layer of Olive Green throughout each tree, then added two or more layers in the shadows before switching to Jasmine and glazing every part of each tree using medium pressure. That was followed with a layer or two of Limepeel and another layer of Olive Green. I used a variety of strokes for each layer, hatching, cross-hatching, and circular or squiggly strokes.

I finished the meadow in front of the trees with short vertical strokes of Jasmine, Limepeel, Jasmine, and Olive Green burnished with Jasmine and White.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 28, 2013

Related Articles
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 1
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 2
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 3
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 4
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 5
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 6
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 7
Colored Pencil Demo – Afternoon Graze, Part 8