Friday, February 3, 2012

WIP 2 - Heartbreak



Remind me not to work on such a dark surface again! I do love working with the coloured pencils on Pastelmat, but the dark back ground is proving very labour intensive as I try to fill in all the dark crevices and leave a realistic skin tone. I think I'll stick more to the mid range coloured backgrounds in future. Next time, I might do as my blogger friend Sue , (the Pastelmat Master!), suggested and try a solvent with the pencils to see if this speeds up the process. I haven't played a lot with the solvents, since it is ineffective on the drafting film, but it could be beneficial for speeding up the process on this surface.

8 comments:

sue said...

It may be labour intensive Karen but the result is quite stunning .... the contrast works beautifully.

Looking forward to seeing more :-)

sue said...

Me again ....

What colour Pastelmat are you working on? I'm looking at my 8 colour sample pad but can't see anything like the colour you are using (though my sample pad is a couple of years old).

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

You are so amazingly talented! This is awesome!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Sue and Darla for your wonderful feedback!!! :)

Sue this colour is the Anthracite, but it scans in a little lighter and bluer than it actually is. Do you have this colour in your sample pad? I wish we had a supplier here in Oz - I find in each pad there are some colours I prefer, and a couple not so much (the golden coloured ones), but it is so expensive to have the large sheets shipped over.

Wendy Mould said...

It may be lots of work but it is very affective. I have never used solvents with my pencils. I will look forward to seeing your efforts with it.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Wendy. Fingers crossed it works well because this portrait is taking an eternity!!! :)

sue said...

Yes Anthracite is one of the 8 colours in the sample pad I have. Its a very dark grey colour with no hint of blue

However, I noticed a change in shade of the dark grey pastelmat between two deliveries of large sheets. There was approx 6 months between orders of that colour so not sure if its a permanent change or a bad batch I got.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

My Anthracite doesn't have any blue either. I played with my scanner settings and you can see in the entry for the completed Heartbreak that the colour looks slightly different and probably closer to the true colour :)