I haven’t posted a lot lately but I have been taking photos. I recently decided I need a change for a while so I have picked back up my hobby of drawing. I quit drawing quite a few years ago because of time and family constraints. Since I retired I have wanted to start drawing again. I saw some colored pencil portrait art that I really liked so I thought I would give it a try.
I bought some supplies and convinced my granddaughter to pose for me. I used the photo as my reference and went to work. It took me a while to figure out the techniques that I needed for colored pencil but I finally figured it out.
I wanted to use white pencil on black paper since I hadn’t used colored pencils before. I did a few test runs and finally committed to finish one of the drawings I had started. The picture below is a photo of my first white colored pencil drawing.
After I finished the first drawing I decided to try one in color. I had a picture that I had taken that I really liked of another of my granddaughters. I started out with the whole shot but quickly pared it down to just an upper torso version because her body was too small in the lager picture. I watched a lot of YouTube videos to figure out how to layer and blend the colors to match my model. It was a lot of work but I really learned a lot of techniques and drawing methods as I went through the process. Here is the finished product of my first color colored pencil portrait. The picture had already been framed so I took a photo of it for this post. There are some reflections in the background of the picture that are not part of the original portrait.
What do you think?
Until next time —