Saturday, September 27, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - September

Here it is - my entry this month for Virtual Sketch Date. I can't wait to see all the other interpretations when they are loaded today. Please go and check them out too - links will be listed on the VSD blog.

This is coloured pencil on AS Colourfix paper. I mainly used Prismacolor pencils which I think may be becoming my favourite out of the coloured pencil brands. The size is 260mm x 230mm and this is now my fifth coloured pencil piece.

I do like working on the Colourfix paper but might try HP watercolour next time to see what the difference is. I went through one and a half white pencils on this as this paper does eat pencil.

I notice on the overseas blogs, that people keep referring to Stonehenge paper as being the best. I haven't come across this in NZ yet but I might do a ring around and see if any of the art shops can get it or already have it. I do have some Arches smooth paper so that will be worth a try. I use the Arches normally for the graphite portraits and it is lovely paper. I also want to play around with using solvent on coloured pencil so that will be interesting to experiment with.

Anyway it is a Saturday morning and I have two exceptionally grumpy toddlers as they both have colds so I'm glad I got this one done well in advance of the deadline as I get the feeling that today is going to be one of "those" days. I have got a large oil painting that I have started out in my studio but I don't think I will be getting a chance to work on that today!

21 comments:

Kari Gibson said...

Oh, it is lovely. It must have been hard work in pencil - 1 and a half whites - eek! Well worth the effort though.

Leslie said...

Melissa, this is just gorgeous.

I am now tempted to try colorfix paper. When I piddle around on alphamat, it takes just so much color, and then stops, particularly white.
Your white is vibrant.

I am a pushover for photorealism! Beautiful!

Stacy said...

I thought doing this drawing in graphite was slow going. I can't imagine how long it took to lay in all of that white. Well worth the effort though. You got lovely results.

Helen Read said...

Melissa, thanks for your visit to my blog! I really enjoyed finding yours - I've book marked it - and have to tell you what a great job you've done on these flowers!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

This is wonderful!! How pretty - great pencil work, and I want to try your paper too!

Jo Castillo said...

Melissa, I can't believe this is only your fifth CP. It is so wonderful. You might check out Nicole Caulfield's blog for some hints in using solvent and framing without glass. Love your bright colors.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Gorgeous work:) Hope your wee ones feel better soon and you end the day with a smile!

Andy said...

This is great Melissa, the colours are excellent, rich and vibrant.

Cathy Gatland said...

You have wonderful forms and colours here - so lively, and your whites sing after all that work on them! Hope your babies recover soon.

shicat said...

Your drawing just glows, beautiful,and with toddlers..

Ann said...

This is terrific!

Jennifer Rose said...

this is gorgeous! Loves all the colours. I don't think Stonehenge is all that everyone says about it. Its a nice paper but there are other watercolour papers that I think are better. Its worth trying though to see if you like it :) Once again this is wonderful.

Rose Welty said...

This is a beautiful piece - you've really got a great understanding of the CPs already. Stonehenge paper is very nice for CPs. It is available in the US, though not for me locally - I ordered it online and was really glad I did.

Well done...healing to everyone.

BMoon said...

Really gorgeous. There are so many of you in this group who are colored pencil artists. The blues are glorious!

Sharon said...

Oh this is fabulous! With beautiful rich colors.

Gail said...

great work Melissa, looked like watercolor to me in the smaller image. Was only when I clicked for the larger one did the enormity of all your work hit me, intense!

Valerie Jones said...

This is gorgeous! I did mine in graphite because it would have taken me a month to get it done in colored pencils. I envy you getting yours done quickly.

Paulette said...

Very rich and beautiful!

Vivienne said...

What a beautiful drawing. I am in awe of your patience and skill. It must be so tricky technically , and then you produce something which is also a work of art. Really great!

Teresa said...

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for stopping by my blog... so glad you did because now I found your blog! Your VSD is gorgeous... such sparkling, vivid colors. Great job!

Quilt Knit said...

I just becoming overwhelmed at all of the talent and all the inspiration that I get from seeing how each artist has handled the photos. This is breath taking.

Sherrie Roberts