Monday, October 1, 2012

Different Strokes ~ moleskine sketch of tangerines in colored pencil

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Practicing some different drawing strokes with the colored pencils, just to see if I like the look. The tangerines were lined up on my desk ...

3 Tangerines
colored pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
October 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

It's wise to try things out in a sketchbook or sketchpad, before you commit yourself to your good paper (or even canvas). That's what I was taught long ago, when I was getting my art degree - and I still do it, even  after all these years. 

Many times I see beginners get frustrated or disappointed when they 'dive right in' without first trying things out on scrap paper. Testing or practicing strokes, ideas, and/or color combinations, or color choices on scrap paper (or in a sketchbook) is simply a good habit to get into and it saves hours of angst - that's my 'advice'. :o)

Here is a close up of the somewhat 'circular' stroke I was trying out on the tangerines. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for the drawing.

image ©2012 Judith Nijholt-Strong

I'm not 100% sure if the full sketch/drawing above will ever find its way onto good paper, or if I will use this 'circular' stroke again, but the practice drawing is there in my Moleskine - should the 'spirits' ever move me!



tot ziens,
Judy
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