Learning To Enjoy Retirement

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.

Emma - White colored pencil on black paper

Emma – White colored pencil on black paper

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.

Natalie - Colored Pencil

Natalie – Colored Pencil

What do you think?

Until next time —

This entry was published on March 16, 2018 at 6:57 pm. It’s filed under Artistic, People, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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