Saturday, January 28, 2012

WIP 2 - Face of Symmetry



2nd stage of the WIP. Working with the coloured pencils on the Pastelmat, is much slower than working with pastels, but when not pressed for time, I find it really relaxing filling in all the fine grainy texture of the paper and trying to achieve a nice smooth skin tone. The pastelmat takes multiple layers and I find the Derwent artist pencils, in particular, work really well on this surface for getting a creamy looking skin. The Faber Castell Polychromos are then great for the darker details. Working with the pencils on the Pastelmat really allows you to make very subtle changes to the skin tone in a way that I usually only find possible with oils.



5 comments:

Doreen Cross said...

Love it. Question Karen.. With the CP's on the Pastelmat...Do you find you go through the Color pencils very quickly?

Looking forward to next update. It's so beautiful as all your work is. :)

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors - I really don't find the Pastelmat chews up the pencils much at all - certainly nowhere near as much as the toothier supports like the Colourfix and the Mi Teintes Tex. I think the Pastelmat is a very fine cork surface - you can barely even feel any texture if you run your finger over it.

Mona said...

I'm getting curious about who it could be!

Karen, what is the name of the color of this particular gray Pastelmat?

Artoholic said...

Looking brilliant, and it's like the next clue in a who dunnit...maybe Kylie Minogue?? Perhaps you can give me a hint by revealing her initials???

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

No hints Mona and Cindy - all will be revealed soon LOL. I think this Pastelmat is the dark grey one Mona :)