Monday, April 22, 2013

Final Steps Blending, Highlights And Burnishing


These flowers are more than purple. Like all colors in nature, they are more a blend of color than a pure pigment.


Layers of purples are between layers of white and a touch of red. The stamens are shades of orange-red to light yellow.


Between each layer, I stop and using a stump, blend each layer to the previous layers. I also want to blend the stem of the flowers (purple) to the green stem, shading through white. This is how the flowers grow, and I want to continue this.


I also want to bring back the white highlights on the crocus itself and its leaves.


I do use a blending stick for some of this. This is a pencil that is pure wax. Using it helps two colors of colored pencil blend into each other.


Then I do burnish the entire picture, using the burnishing tool, rather than the paper stump. This brings a nice polish and shine to the drawing. It helps it jump away from the paper.

I really like the contract between the dark paper and the vivid flowers.

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