My colored pencil art class continues and I'm having so much fun with it! I'd started by watching videos and reading articles about specific skills I wanted to improve, but those just made me realize how much I didn't know about the basics. I'm now going back and watching all of Sarah's colored pencil videos. Her first-ever live stream inspired me to make this:
This challenge was up on her channel right before she went live. Rather than just answer the question, I turned it into a coloring project. You know how much I love name art!
I started by identifying the colors I would use. Crimson and Yellow came to me right away, as did Indigo for I. But I was stumped with N and D. I thought about using Non-Photo Blue, but I consider that to be a B color, not an N color. For the same reason, I didn't want to use Dark Green or something like that for D. Eventually, I came up with Navy and Denim. They're more similar to each other than I would have liked, but I couldn't think of anything better. Then I realized that three of the five letters in my name would be blue (without a single B in my name), so I switched Indigo for Ivory.
I used PicMonkey to design my acrostic:
I knew I didn't want to color on copy paper again, and I didn't have any drawing paper that would work in the printer. So I used a light box and traced with a black Pigma Micron pen onto Strathmore drawing paper. Affiliate links here and below. A tip: use paperclips to attach the papers so that they don't accidentally shift while you're tracing.
For each color name, I chose three Prismacolor Premiers. Using light layers, I put the color that best matched the color name in the center (in this case, Crimson Red), then blended that with a lighter color on top and a darker shade on the bottom.
I struggled coloring Ivory. I don't have very many pale colors, so I used Eggshell as the middle and blended it with White and a Warm Grey. I don't love it, but it's fine. I definitely need more colored pencils in that range.
When I got to the blues (Navy and Denim), I needed more options beyond my small collection of Prismacolors. My single Caran d'Ache Pablo was just the shade I needed. When I sharpened it, that's when I realized the mistake I'd made with my swatches. I hadn't sharpened the various pencils to see how well they held their points. The difference between the Prismacolors and the Pablos was shocking. I love my Prismacolors for how well they blend and how brilliant the color is, but the Pablos sharpened to a much, much finer point, great for getting into tiny spaces. Now, in addition to needing more shades of Prismacolors, I need Pablos for detail work. Or maybe another brand/model? I need to retest all of my higher-end colored pencils.
Overall, I'm happy with my finished name art, even though I don't think the colors work well together. Crimson, Ivory, and Navy look pretty good together, and adding Denim is fine. But I don't like Yellow and Ivory together at all. When I cover one or the other, I like the remaining palette so much better.
One thing I love about this project is that everyone's palette is different. I may have to do a little experimentation to find what name generates my favorite color palette. If you can think of one that works well, tell me in the comments!
The problem with Prismas are that they wear down really really quickly. There is little point in sharpening them to a sharp point...(lol) because they don't hold it for long. the way to get the most of out your Prismas is to rotate the pencil as you colour.ReplyDelete