Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, April 3, 2013
Afternoon Graze
8×10 Colored Pencil
Bristol 146 lb. Regular Surface, White

The greens were a little too bold at the end of the last session (which you can read about here), so I layered Bronze over everything but the highlights from the cast shadow under the trees to the area immediately beyond the horses.

I then applied Limepeel over the same area and into some of the highlights, gradually reshaping and fine-tuning the highlights.

Next I worked Sand into the middle tones and some of the highlights. I used the same short, vertical stroke pattern, but because Sand is so light in color, I used heavier pressure. That was followed with an application of Olive Green in some of the darker areas and Apple Green into accent areas throughout the background.

The dark shape on the left (see above) didn’t serve any clear purpose in the composition, so I used a White Pearl eraser to remove as much of it as possible. I then glazed Limepeel over that area and the surrounding area with the side of the pencil and light pressure.

I applied Dark Brown over the shadows on the large trees. In the deep shadows, I used the tip of a slightly blunted pencil and heavy pressure. In the lighter areas, I used the side of the pencil and medium pressure.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, April 4, 2013

 

The next step was to layer Indigo Blue over all of the shadowed side of the trees and into the deeper shadows throughout the sunlit side. On the shadowed side, I used heavy pressure and circular, squiggly or back-and-forth directional strokes to get as solid and intense a color layer as possible. In the shadows dotted throughout the sunlit side, I used squiggly strokes and medium heavy pressure.

I then layered Dark Green over the same areas using the same combination of strokes. I used heavy pressure with this color, as well; almost burnishing but not quite.

I then applied Dark Green with medium pressure over some of the light areas on the shadowed side using closely spaced directional strokes. In the sunlit areas, I used medium pressure and squiggly, circular, or directional strokes to soften the edges between light and dark and to make those areas look more like foliage.

I applied each color over the trunks as well, using vertical directional strokes and medium heavy pressure with both colors.

I finished the large trees with another layer of Olive Green glazed over all of the sunlit areas with medium pressure, then a second layer applied around the edges between sunlight and middle tone. For this layer, I used medium heavy to heavy pressure and squiggly strokes, then burnished most of the sunlit areas and all of the middle tones with the colorless blender.

Finally, I began burnishing the meadow immediately in front of the large trees with Cream. I then burnished Powder Blue over the shadows and finished with touches of White burnished into some of the highlights.

Original Colored Pencil, Afternoon Graze, April 5, 2013

The landscape is now complete. Next time, work begins on the horses!

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