This tiger portrait I drew using Prismacolor pencils is likely my favorite (colored pencil) piece yet. It’s also my second time drawing on toned paper–a medium I’ve come to like a lot. I made this as a Christmas gift to my grandparents. If you stop by their restaurant, you might just get a chance to see it in person.
Tag: Colored Pencil
Eleven – Colored Pencil
This took me FOREVER but here’s Eleven from Stranger Things! I love how my art teacher gives us so much room to express our own interests and personalities in our projects.
The goal was to create a colored pencil drawing from a reference, cropping it to create a unique composition. I realized soon after starting this drawing that I did not choose the easiest reference. The neon lights and unnatural colors on her face definitely created a challenge for me. I exaggerated those colors a bit more to create a bright and intense look.
It’s not perfect, but I’d say it’s a pretty good start considering I’ve never attempted a realistic human face in this medium before. I’ll definitely be doing more of it in the future!
Striped Optical Illusion
Another project from art class! This one was really fun, surprisingly easy (although a little time-consuming) and I think it all came together really well. It reminds me a little of Dr. Seuss books.
My colored pencil skills have definitely improved through this practice. I’m going to be working with them more in the near future.
Shattered Value Rose
In case you haven’t noticed already, I’ve kind of given up on Inktober this year. But I’ll try again in 2021!
This was a project I did for school called “shattered value.” We could “shatter” anything we wanted, and I chose a rose as my subject. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but by the end I thought it looked really nice.
Through doing this project, I learned a lot about lighting, values, and shading techniques. Not to mention patience—coloring all of those boxes took FOREVER! But I think my hard work paid off, because the piece turned out very neat and clean (in my opinion, at least).
I’m really loving my art class so far this year. My teacher is just wonderful, and the material were covering seems like it’s going to be very fun. Online learning can’t stop us artists from doing what we love!
The first project we were assigned was this “Graffiti Tag” piece. The guidelines were very loose and we had a lot of room to be creative—exactly how I think art class should be. All we really needed to do was to display our names in a unique, colorful way using dimensional and creative lettering.
I feel like my project strayed away from the rules a little bit, but I’m still really happily with it. Like my art teacher says: if you have an idea that you’re passionate about that might not fit the rules exactly, it’s always okay to go through with it. Creativity is what’s most important!
Yesterday, one of my friends had the idea for a collaboration drawing—one where we each drew half of the face. I thought this sounded like a great thing to try out, so we both started a drawing and then switched sketchbooks. The one in the picture is the piece that she started, with her half on the right and mine on the left.
Since our styles differ so much, there were a couple of issues that occurred, but most were minor. I tried to match up features at the correct heights as best I could, but because of our stylistic differences, that resulted in the anatomy of my side looking a little bit…off.
Regardless, I think this was a really beneficial practice for me! I rarely draw close-up portraits of people, and I line and color my pieces even less often than that. By doing this, I got to explore drawing faces in closer detail, and I think I improved the way I draw facial features and hair quite a bit! I’ve also decided I should try using different mediums more often, rather than limiting myself to pencil. I think the lining and color turned out really nice in this drawing, and I’d like to experiment more with them.
Makayla still has my sketchbook, but I’ll make sure to post the other drawing once I get it back tomorrow.
As part of an English project, I was supposed to draw the main character of the book I was reading (to go along with an essay, of course). That book happened to be “Never Fade” from the “The Darkest Minds” series by Alexandra Bracken, and so I drew Ruby Daly.
However, while making this drawing, I kind of strayed away from drawing Ruby and just experimented with colored pencils. The product looks nothing like how I imagined her to look, but I’m pretty happy with it nonetheless. So, I’m not sure if I can really call this Ruby Daly, but here’s the drawing.