Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back to Basics

I have been working my way through Arlene Steinberg's Masterful Color for awhile now.  The past two weeks have been spent on this little guy here.  I have never been comfortable with color, but when I saw the cover of this book, I had to give it a shot.  She layers colored pencils like paint and what you end up with is vibrant, rich color.  I started the underpainting, and as I said, I'm not comfortable with color, so I balked.  It looked like a tomato, but it was green and I was wondering exactly where this was going.  I understand about using the opposite color on the wheel for shadows, but this was going farther than I had ever delved.  My pallet is on the left, if you can read it.  That was another thing that made me anxious;  I had never used so many different colors before.  It wasn't until I actually started adding the reds that I became excited when I saw how critical the underpainting had been.  I learned that you can layer ALOT of color on paper.  I didn't layer enough, because when I started burnishing, some of the color started to come up.  I was a little heavy on the shadows;  on the table and on the tomato, but all in all, it was a great exercise and I am happy with the results.  I also learned a lot about color theory, which I slept through in art school.  I will definitely continue with the book and I do believe I am hooked on color.  I fell in love with my pencils again during this exercise, so I'm looking forward to beginning the next exercise and I'm already thinking about a project.  This was done on 5 x 7 inch Strathmore paper.  Criticism in all forms is appreciated.       

16 comments:

Shirley said...

Gorgeous! But I'm not sure I could do that much layering to even achieve such a spectacular result. Do you see this as a technique you'll continue?

kazumiwannabe said...

I could never be patient enough to work like this - but I'm glad you are, and willing to show the result : ) ! It looks fantastic. Must be very interesting, to go through the process.

Momma Ninja said...

That is a fantastic drawing. I don't do color well, either, and I think I might check out that book.

Meredith in NC said...

I think your colors are beautifully done ! The time and effort you put in really shows. I'm going to check out the book also. Thanks for the idea.

Ann said...

Fantastic drawing! It does take a lot of layers, but I never did warm up to burnishing. You did a great job with this!

Dan Kent said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning! And that's all I have to say.

Possum Patty said...

Wow, what a fantastic result! The colors do look very rich. I must check out that book. Thanks for sharing.

Lesley said...

This is a lovely picture! I am just getting to grips with coloured pencils too and really appreciate the work you have put into this piece!

freebird said...

Very nice. It looks very rich which is what all that layering is supposed to do I guess. Wow.

Sioux said...

Thanks, Sherie. I love this, and I have ordered the book you recommended!

Sioux said...

Thanks, Sherie. I love this, and I have ordered the book you recommended!

Ellen said...

I hope you continue to work with color. This is beautiful.

raena said...

Oh, the results are fantastic! And since I am not at all skilled with color, thanks for the information on the book! One thing that always confuses me though, what makes them decide to use all those colors?

Ramona Davidson said...

Great work here. I agree that it takes a while to do these. I did one exercise on a red pot from a watercolor pencil book. It was unreal how many colors went into one red pot. Again, a beautiful piece of art.

dibujandoarte said...

this one looks awesome! is this in colored pencils? WOW!

Michele said...

I am the proud (but unworthy) owner of this piece, and trust me when I say it is MUCH more stunning in person. The colors are SO intense, they appear to just bleed out of the paper (in a good way!). Sherie surprised me by giving this to me on our first in-person meeting, and I was shocked to tears, though I kept them in check because I was already worried she thought I was completely off my rocker (which I am). Thank you so much Sherie, I treasure this more than you can know....