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post #1 of 7 Old 03-28-2014, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Coloured Pencils

So, here's my attempt to draw in coloured pencils. This is drawn off a photograph of my sister and I riding Soco and Beauty. Soco is the chestnut, Beauty is the bay.

This is Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, I'm getting to know them a bit better. I like the hind legs on Soco and the forelegs on Beauty, but a lot of other parts I'm not too happy with.

I'd be keen to hear what other artists have to say, especially those who have worked in coloured pencils. My experience with colour is limited, I'm a fan of charcoal.

What I take away from this is that I cannot draw people . . . Better stick to ponies.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-30-2014, 12:07 PM
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That's actually really not bad at all! (and dont feel bad about drawing people, i'm the same way lol i hate it!)

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The color quality of this piece is simply wonderful! I particular particularly love the way you rendered the red horse. And actually, you've done the people quite well.
The thing which you've done so well with the people is get the correct angle of the sloped shoulders and the legs. For example, the rider on the dark horse has her leg turned outward, just as she wouldn't real life. And you have her slumping in a very natural way. And the way the rider on the red horse has her head turned towards the other rider is very natural.

What you need to do to improve this drawing is one. The ground they stand on shouldn't end just as it touches their hooves. It makes them look as if they're standing on a knife edge and there's nothing behind them. Carry the background up and behind them somewhat, allowing it to fade off into the distance. Also, if you use a little bit of white for shine. What I mean, is for example, there would be a little bit of shine on the helmet top and on the horses rump, even the reins have a little bit of shine. Such use of light can really give vitality to a drawing.
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Thanks lilruffian, I've been working on my people (only because I've been asked to). Horses have become a comfort zone that I don't want to leave.

Tinyliny, thank you for the feedback. I was going to do the whole background but I got bored . . . I tried to put white highlights on Beauty (the dark bay) but it didn't really show up. I'll put more effort into it next time
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It might be that with colored pencils you need to leave a spot of white ,(blank),paper to read as bright white. It means you have to plan ahead for where your highlights will be, and be sure not to put any pigment there.
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I loathe drawing humans...

Your drawing is stunning! Much better than I could ever do with colored pencils ;) I lost my "traditionalist" when drawing when I got a tablet for the computer, guess I'm overall lazy lol..

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Tinyliny, I will plan better next time, thanks

Hang on Fi, a higher quality version of this drawing and all my other art can be found on Deviantart

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