Painted with oil pastels from a photo reference at Paint My Photo, I chose this image solely for the challenge of getting the ice crackle to show on the pond. Wonderful photo and a painting I greatly enjoyed attempting to render. A bit tricky with the ice crackles! :D
My artfriend, Dede Willingham offered free demo/classes (these can be found on her YouTube channel as well!) on how she uses her combination of acrylic and Prismacolor Pencils for portrait painting. Our mutual friend, Mandy allowed the use of her adorable daughter Amelia's photo for this first endeavour and so we began to learn Dede's process. I used Faber Castell's Polychromsos Pencils for my version, although I did have to convert to Prisma's white as the Poly's was too translucent for what was needed. The Polychromos are oil-based and subsequently the artist doesn't have to deal with the waxy bloom found with the Prisma's and other lines, which eventually stops one from building layers and values.
I'm continuing to study this process of Dede's but quickly realized that the FC Polychromos line do not have appropriate skin tone colours in its venue ... their flesh tones are entirely too pink and/or red for natural looking portraits so I begin to look at other lines for colours. I studied six different manufacturers' flesh tone colours and eventually found that Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils Burnt Ochre values were exactly what I needed and wanted for natural Caucasian flesh tones. I have another portrait almost done and hope to show it to you soon.
|Painted with Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen|
|Painted with Bic Mark-It Ultra Fine Markers|
|Coloured with Polychromos Pencils|
|Papa thought the Mandals were so fun he stopped into the craft stores and got me a variety of sets of RoseArt Rainbow and Multi-Colored Lead Pencils and Derwent Tri-Color Pencils! These make for wonderful colourings of Mandalas.|
So there you have it ... or most of it anyway ... of what I've been up to.
Enjoy your Summer!!
Enjoy your Summer!!