No one to give advice? Psh, I was hoping that you would look and help. =3
I do a lot of charcoal now, it has definitely has become a favorite of mine. I like it a lot more than graphite.
Well for the horse colored pencil I couldn't figure out how to get the chestnut coloring and eventually put too many layers on and the colored pencils no longer had any effect. I couldn't figure out what colors to use for shadows and to give it more contrast. I had a feeling blue would look off. Maybe I'll just try it anyways next time. Do you ever have that problem?
For the dog I had an edited picture to deal with. The colors had been tinted yellow/purple. So trying to look for natural colors for highlights and shadows were hard to pick up and then my camera made the colors pop more. But the right cheek blue part was the fault of mine for choosing the wrong yellow then trying to cover it up. But there is definitely a lot of blues and even more purples. I wanted to stay away from creating a flat picture with just mostly black. I guess I went over board.
Also for your drawings that look so smooth do you do a lot of blending?
I don't know much about color pencils , but you use the complimentary color for shading. From the color wheel.
So, for yellowish thing, use purple for shadow. For orangish things ,use blue. For red, use green. For blue, use orange. Etc.
The chestnut is good. I like it a lot and think yoiu did well to get the coppery feeling of the horse. The dog is too busy, too much black. Black will dull out a color painting/drawing. Use gray or the complimentary color, as explained above. The eye on the dog is GREAT!
Also, the nose should be in crisper focus to help it feel closer to the viewer. Pay attention to the values. I bet the nose is really a lot darker.
Look at the photo , and if it is a color photo, use your imagination to turn it into a black and white photo. Then, seperate the values into Darkest, Dark, medium, medium light , light and bright white (the white of the paper will be how you deal with these brights. Leaving it white).
The darker you make the "darkest" , teh more vibrant.