27 Jan


When the new year began, I wanted to try working on smaller projects in my spare time...at my desk on my lunch break or on the couch in the evenings.  That meant the drawings needed to be small and portable and something that didn't need dedicated time at the easel.  This drawing is 4x6...and I learned that it is very difficult to capture the details I am accustomed to drawing on such a small scale!  The other reason for wanting to work on small, quick projects was to try different combinations of paper and pencils.  For this one, I used Stonehenge paper, Prismacolor Premier, Prismacolor Verithins and Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.  I have used Stonehenge paper in the past with Prismacolors for larger projects, but it had been awhile.  I wanted to refresh my memory and also test it with Polychromos.  Stonehenge is has more "tooth" or peeks and valleys than other paper.  It is a firm paper, as opposed to cotton-y paper such as Fabriano Artistico or Arches Watercolor.   It is not as easy to to achieve detail or fill in large areas such as backgrounds when the paper is not as smooth.  But this paper does take many layers of colored pencil and the result is vibrant color.  Stonehenge is a high quality paper, but it isn't my first choice because it has a little too much texture.

Until next time,


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