Adding Color Pencil to the Sketchbook
This month I am taking a dive into color pencils. I recently started a class with Cynthia Armstrong where we are learning the techniques of color pencil and the use of color pencil on various types of paper. The art color pencil was invented in 1924 by Faber Castell and Caren d’Ache. It is known…
My plan is to improve my skills in capturing perspective in my sketches. Perspective applies to structures and landscapes as well as a vase on the table or a quick sketch of a plant. With better skills I can quickly make a sketch and get it looking proper from the start. I am working through…
Color of Bird Feathers
As I continue lessons in watercolor painting of Shorebirds with Ian de Hoog, our bird subjects these past weeks brings color of feathers to mind. The colors in the feathers of a bird are formed in two different ways, from either pigments or from light refraction caused by the structure of the feather. www.allaboutbirds.org Of…
I am back in class with Ian de Hoog painting birds, specifically Shore Birds. I have found that Ian’s unrelenting focus in his bird painting process – on the bird head and specifically the birds ‘eye’ makes this class a wonderful learning platform for watercolor techniques.