Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, March 28, 2013
Afternoon Graze
8×10 Colored Pencil
Bristol 146 lb. Regular Surface, White

In the last Afternoon Graze post, I started working on the trees and the landscape looked like this (above) at the end of that post. (Read that post here.)

I continued work on the center tree on the horizon by adding Olive Green to the shadows, then glazing Bronze over all of the tree. I followed up with Olive Green, Dark Green, and Dark Brown in the shadows, then burnished with Sky Blue Light and the colorless blender.

In the middle tones, I layered Olive Green and Limepeel with heavy pressure and a variety of strokes, then burnished with Cream in the lighter areas and Powder Blue in the middle tones.

Next, I layered Cream over the meadow in front of the trees with medium heavy pressure, a blunt pencil, and short vertical strokes  without lifting the pencil off the paper. Then I burnished with Powder Blue and White and added Olive Green accents.

In the strip of meadow immediately front of the that, I layered Limepeel with medium heavy pressure and up-and-down strokes (without lifting the pencil). I burnished with Cream, then added accents with Olive Green and glazed Limepeel into the area visible through the large trees on the left.

On the right side, I began working into the area in front of the long cast shadow with Olive Green, Indigo Blue, and Dark Brown, moving from one color to the next and using medium pressure and vertical strokes to create a pattern of sunlight and shadow. I then layered Limepeel into the meadow with a sharp pencil and  short, vertical strokes. In some areas, I added more than one layer. Finally, I layered Olive Green over the large trees, using medium heavy to heavy pressure and a variety of strokes.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, April 2, 2013

 

I continued working in the middle ground by layering Limepeel, Olive Green, and Bronze into the darker middle tones and shadows. I used medium heavy to heavy pressure and short, vertical strokes for most of the work.

On the left side, I glazed Apple Green in horizontal strokes using medium pressure and the side of the pencil. I then went over most of the same area with short vertical strokes to darken the value and blur the vertical strokes.

I also altered the cast shadow under the trees by applying Olive Green with heavy pressure in zigzag vertical strokes.

I then glazed Sand over all of the background between the horses and the nearest trees using the side of the pencil and light pressure. That was followed by a glaze of Limepeel.

In the places where background meadow shows through the nearest trees, I applied Yellow Chartreuse with a blunt pencil and medium heavy pressure, then added touches of the same color to the rest of the background meadow.

Wherever necessary, I toned down the greens with applications of Bronze in vertical strokes applied with medium pressure.

At that point, I decided to change the shape of the back horse’s rump. I redrew the contours and worked on the background around that area. I’m still not happy with it, so will continue to adjust as the landscape advances.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, April 3, 2013

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