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post #161 of 234 Old 11-30-2012, 12:56 PM
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I just stumbled onto this thread after seeing your other thread. I'm glad you tackled it! I remember you saying before that you're not super fond of people portraits. =)

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post #162 of 234 Old 12-13-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, human portraits still worry me. Not sure why. I tackled a guinea pig protrait with no problem whatsoever...lol.

Here are a few 5 x 7" colored pencil portraits I did of some of the school horses at my barn. They were commissioned by one of the moms for her 3 daughters.
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post #163 of 234 Old 12-14-2012, 02:37 AM
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post #164 of 234 Old 12-14-2012, 03:05 AM
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I don't know how you get those colored pencils to have such density of color.
nice work. I lke the gray.
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post #165 of 234 Old 12-15-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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tinyliny, I use prismacolor pencils which are pretty dense and don't break when applied with hard pressure. I just add A LOT of layers, then go over most of the drawing as hard as I can with a lighter pencil to blend everything. Then I go back over the darker areas with a darker pencil. Kinda hard to describe, but it's just a matter of playing around with different layering effects. One thing I have to be careful of is the paper curling up because of all the layers. Thick bristol paper works great, but this colored pastel paper I am using does curl up a little.
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post #166 of 234 Old 12-15-2012, 10:26 PM
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tinyliny, I use prismacolor pencils which are pretty dense and don't break when applied with hard pressure. I just add A LOT of layers, then go over most of the drawing as hard as I can with a lighter pencil to blend everything. Then I go back over the darker areas with a darker pencil. Kinda hard to describe, but it's just a matter of playing around with different layering effects. One thing I have to be careful of is the paper curling up because of all the layers. Thick bristol paper works great, but this colored pastel paper I am using does curl up a little.

If you don't mind my asking... What type of Prismacolor do you use? I recall using Verithin in high school and I hated every moment with them; they chipped and snapped before I even had the pencil sharpened from the broken point...

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post #167 of 234 Old 12-15-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just use the regualr prismacolor pencils. Verithin pencils are used more for fine detail work. I have a set, but don't really like them because I don't get very rich colors from them.
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post #168 of 234 Old 12-16-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I did this acrylic painting yesterday of my husband's parents' lab Clover as Christmas present. I had painted her portrait several years ago, but really hated how it turned out, so I decided to paint a brand new portrait this year.
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post #169 of 234 Old 12-16-2012, 03:15 PM
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Beautiful!
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post #170 of 234 Old 12-16-2012, 03:20 PM
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How blessed your are to have such a talent. I wish you much success & lots of interesting commissions.
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