Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fun on Black

Hitching a Ride
9x12 inches
Coloured pencil on black mat board

Warts and All
8x10 inches
Coloured pencil on Black Paper
It has been a while since I have had the chance to do either art or blogging and finally I can get back into both. We had a lovely family holiday in Melbourne last month and then our eldest son and his lovely fiance had quite a large engagement party, so we have had lots of lovely things going on. I have a bit of an addiction at the moment for working on a black background - I just love the contrast that can be achieved the way the colours really stand out. 

I have been asked by several people how I get the colours to look so bright. Last year I put together a series of coloured pencil charts ( which are available from my website at and one of the things I did when creating these charts was to do a swatch for every single colour in for four different brands of pencil on 6 different surfaces, including the black. This really helped me to work out which brands and indeed which colours stand out the most on the black surface. I have to say my all-time favourite for working on the darker surfaces are the Caran D'ache Pablo's. They give vibrant colour and layer really well. Both of these artworks were done using mostly Pablo's and then Verithins were used for the detail and the Faber Castell Polychromos were used for burnishing and polishing.


Sue Clinker said...

Beautiful work Karen but the self portrait is quite stunning!

I too like working on black supports but its certainly much harder achieving vibrant colours with coloured pencils than with pastels. I haven't tried Caran D'ache Pablo's so they are now on the 'wish list' to try. thanks for the tip

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Lovely work, I really like the black with the pencils as well. The colours really sparkle.

Karen Hull said...

Thank you both Sue and Wendy for your lovely comments. Sue I don't think (I hope) you would regret investing in the Pablos - they are a lovely pencil to work with :)