On Monday morning while I was sipping my coffee and getting some sun (a rare thing this summer in Sydney) I did a simple line drawing of the postbox nearby. I didn’t feel like adding paint at the time so I simply took a photo. When I got home I suddenly had the urge to use coloured pencils. At the beginning of the year, I picked up a 72 set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils and have been wanting to use them more. (See my entire teapot collection drawing.)
I enjoyed that morning sketch so much that I did the same thing in the afternoon while I visited the supermarket. Once again I added colour at home because I didn’t have any pencils with me at the time.
At this point, I decided to stick with coloured pencils for the rest of the week. Last year when I started using my first Greenwood Journal I had made the decision to use coloured pencils but after a little while that morphed into using watercolour pencils and copic markers.
So this time I want to stick to using coloured pencils (not water-soluble) and really explore mark making with dry media.
On Wednesday I had a lovely zoom session with my friend Frannie from Belgium. We sketched from some of her photos of Bruges. It felt really weird to hear Frannie talk about the granulation of her washes while I experimented with creating colourful shadow areas. I was struggling a little as I really don’t know the colours in my Coloursoft set at all.
When I use coloured pencils I want to work rapidly, have visible strokes and layer lots of different colours (especially in shadow areas). I have no desire to use realistic rendering techniques that coloured pencil work is most known for.
Yesterday I spent a few hours going through my rather large pencil collection to work out which colours I want to use. The idea of creating a manageable set for sketching on location still seems a little overwhelming so I’m taking it step by step.
I’ve done more pencil sketches this week than the ones above, but I will save the rest for Monday’s article where you can see them in the context of the whole week. But the final image for today contains some tests – mark making and layering.
Can you tell that I’m having a lot of fun?