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“Rose”, Update #1

January 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

This drawing is for the portrait study group that I’m in with Rose, Jeanette, Kevin and some other folks. Every month we’re doing a portrait, working from the same reference and giving each other critiques and helpful advice along the way. I’ll be coming in under the wire with mine, getting this late start.

The subject this month is Rose:

In progress colored pencil drawing of Rose Welty
Rose | Colored Pencil on Colourfix Paper | 12 x 9″

Tags: Adult Portraits · Colored Pencil · Portrait Study Group · Work In Progress

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Teresa // Jan 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Looking good already! Do you mind if I ask if you’re filling in the color so that it’s not grainy in appearance? It’s hard to tell looking at the screen, but it looks smooth. I just tried Colorfix for the first time this week.

    Thank you!

  • 2 Teresa Mallen // Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I absolutely love your choice of colours in the clementines! Beautiful!! I am really enjoying seeing Rose done in coloured pencil. I know you will do a fabulous job.

  • 3 S.G. Chipman // Jan 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    @Teresa: You can get a smooth finish to colourfix if you burnish a good deal. For example, have a look at this drawing of pears you’ll notice its quite smooth on the pears themselves, while this one isn’t, but only because I kinda liked the rough texture. I’d recommend burnishing with a base color (grass green in the case of the pears if I recall correctly) rather than a colorless blender.

    @Teresa Mallen: Thanks very much! :)

  • 4 Teresa // Jan 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Mr. Chipman,

    Checked out the two examples you referred to and I see what you mean! The pears absolutely glow! I guess I was thinking that you’d use a smooth technique for skin but I see that’s not necessarily the case. If I may…one more question…. on average, how many layers of cp are you applying?
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

  • 5 S.G. Chipman // Jan 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Its difficult to say, really – at any given point in a drawing I’ll have at least 6 or 7 pencils in my hand as I continuously work and rework new areas and areas that I’ve already worked fairly heavily. I’m all over the place, and never really putting down a flat layer of color before putting down another. Its all actively working colors together onto the canvas at the same time.

    If I had to guess… upwards of 20 or 30?

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