In the studio
This pear is part of a work in progress on the Mi Teintes Tex 355gsm paper I've written about below. Roughly life size, I used the 17 coloured pencils pictured and a colourless blender. It takes many layers and careful blending to achieve an acceptable finished result.
Colouring books have been incredibly popular for a while now and a lot of people have dusted off the Derwents and are having a fine time. After all, "how complicated could it be?" you might ask. As it happens the answer is "very!"
I've expanded my pencil collection to include the Prismacolor Premier range; all 150 glorious, beautiful colours. Happiness. And I have all sorts of nifty drawing tools.
But paper. Aaah, paper. So much to choose from, too much sometimes. Smooth. Rough. How smooth? How rough? What weight (thickness)? Colour: some? Light or dark? Warm or cool? I research, seek the advice of those whose opinions I value, and then there is nothing left but good old fashioned trial and error. Which leads me finally to the pear study you see to the left. This A4 piece is my first worked on acid free Mi Teintes Tex 355gsm, a paper that is covered in a fine coloured grit much like superfine sandpaper. It is able to support lots of layering - and you'd be surprised how many layers have gone into these pears. However it turns out that erasing is not so easy. Oh well, there's always a trade off somewhere.