01-11-2013, 02:37 AM
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I just sent you a pretty lengthy private message about the colored pencils, but yes, I do use A LOT of dark purple and navy blue for shading in bays, chestnuts, even palominos. Of course I layer the colors with browns, grays and black so it's more subtle. I kept a WIP album on facebook with one of my colored pencil drawings I did that shows how I progress with the layering effects.
First, I start with light layers of blue and/or purple combined with dark brown or gray to shape the structure of the horse's face. Then, once I have figured out the color combinations I like, I press harder, adding one layer after another until I don't see any more small white flecks. I VERY lightly fill in the highlighted areas with whatever the main color is and then take a lighter pencil (white, cream, light blue, etc.) and fill in the highlighted areas while blending into the darker areas.
Here are some samples of what I am talking about with a colored pencil drawing I did last year. This was one of my first "breakthrough" drawings as far as layer/blending was concerned. It takes more time to complete, but worth it in the end.