Monday, January 20, 2014

Magnolia-Blended, Burnished and Polished

Worked on the white magnolia colored pencils drawing.

Last week I used a solvent, mineral spirits to help blend the layers of pencil into a more smooth value transition. Using a stump rather than a brush, I blended the lighter whites into the darker shadows.

When dry I used both a pencil blender then burnisher.

Finally, I used both a paper towel and soft cloth to polish the drawing until it glowed and looked almost like an oil painting.

This is an un-enhanced photo taken in natural light of the completed drawing/painting.


  1. My son (upon my request) gave me my first set of Prism colored pencils for Christmas. I was unaware of the quality of paintings that can be accomplished. This piece is amazing.

  2. Thanks for the comments, but I have seen better! You should see some of the gems on the Colored Pencil Society of America's site, of which I am a humble member!

    this is an amazingly flexible medium that takes time to explore and master.


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