Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Holding It Together" - Colored pencil drawing using only Red, Yellow and Blue, plus White.

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong.   all rights reserved
Holding It Together - May 2011
colored pencil on stonehenge paper ~ approx. 5.5"square

I just finished this little colored pencil drawing of one of my Chinese pincushions. I've drawn and/or painted this particular pincushion many times before. Yes, I have several different pincushions (a small collection), but this one, bought 40 years ago, is still my favorite. :o)

The drawing was done using only 3 colors (Red, Yellow & Blue) plus White - no black pencils were involved! The "blacks" you see in this drawing are a mix of only red, blue & yellow.

The colored pencil brands & colors I used on this piece were:
  • for the Red - Faber-Castell Polychromos Magenta & Prismacolors Raspberry
  • for the Blue - Prismacolors True Blue & Faber-Castell Polychromos Phthalo Blue
  • for the Yellow - Prismacolors Canary Yellow & Lemon Yellow; & Faber-Castell Polychromos Cadmium Yellow
  • for the White - Prismacolors White (the only white cp I prefer)
A lot of my work with colored pencils is done using only Red, Yellow & Blue + White pencils. I find the limitation of using only 3 colors, (and the blending processs), fascinating and extremely satisfying; a great learning experience. Here are links to other drawings I've posted on the blog, done in the same manner : Red, Yellow & Blue - Rood, Geel & Blauw and Pretty Peony .

tot ziens,
Judy
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5 comments:

Threadspider said...

I love that little pincushion-absolutely charming.
I am constantly amazed at the work real artists who know their tools can produce. This is excellent Judith and makes me determined to learn as much as I can about colour mixing. I'm so glad you posted this piece.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thank you J, for such a lovely comment!
btw...it's raining as I type! hooray! lol

Robin said...

I love it!!!!!!!

Meisie said...

Lovely...the shadows are great!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Meisie
and Robin.

:)

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