Exploring Faber-Castell Pencils

This is my first drawing project, using Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils.  I like them, but I think I prefer Derwent.  It seems to me that Derwent’s Watercolour and Inktense pencils are more pigmented.  In fact, I had to use my gray and white Derwent pencils for this drawing.  All of the the other colors…

Colorful Intent: using color schemes

When drawing a rose that’s already red, you don’t have to think too much about how to employ complementary colors.  When I looked at a picture of a white rose that I took, I thought that it might be a boring choice for a drawing project.  I continued to feel that way, even as I…

Not So Minor Details: the Prismacolor experience

I wanted to quit this so many times!  This was meant to be a brief hiatus from colored graphite!  I should have known that trying to recreate all of the details from these two roses would be anything but brief!  I’m very glad that I’ve finished them, though.  I used Prismacolor’s Water Soluble Graphite pencils…

Creating Contrast

This month, I’ve enjoyed drawing some of the roses that I photographed at the rose festival in Gifu Prefecture.  By drawing this rose, I learned that you can make white or light-colored flowers appear really vibrant when you have the right background and use heavy application with Inktense pencils.  Fantastic pencils!  

Metallic Beauty

Roses are so much fun to draw, regardless of what pencils I use, but metallic pencils are truly extraordinary!  I have had Derwent’s metallic pencils for a while and I’ve used them before, but not like this!  The colors are really vibrant on black paper!  They’re water soluble, too!  I’m looking forward to further exploration…