Colour Pencil Illustrations

Late last year I got very in to colour pencil illustrations again.  Working with pencils, be they colour or graphite, is just so much more comfortable for me than using paints.  Unlike with graphite pencils (Tombows only), I am quite the colour pencil slut and use a range of brands.  In all of the below works I used a combination of Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier, and Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils.

I really do love the Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils, but at $4.50 a pop I am using them somewhat sparingly.

Anyway enjoy and feel free to ask me any questions!

Colour Pencil illustration of Anok Yai
Model Anok Yai
Colour Pencil illustration of John Legend
Musician John Legend
Colour Pencil illustration of looks from
Looks from “The Iconic” Swim Show 2018
Colour Pencil illustration of Suzie Bubble
Fashion blogger Suzie Bubble

Mixed media watercolour and colour pencil art

You may have noticed I have taken a bit of a hiatus from art and blogging.  It’s been like six months since my last blog post!   I went on an epic two month overseas holiday. I did have the best intentions to draw and update my social media everyday ha ha… but… anyway I do have a really good tan…

Anyone whose followed my blog for a little while will know that watercolour is my nemesis.  I have a bit of a love-hate relationship going with it.  So I’ve decided to commit to watercolour based mixed media for a while and see if I can get more comfortable with it.

Here are the results of my first four attempts.  A bit of a mixed bag! The first one I did was my favourite by far.  I think because it was “just an experiment” I was much looser and relaxed with it.  I put a bit of pressure on myself for the next couple (and used the GOOD paper) and I think as a result I was a bit more uptight which shows in the end result.   The last one I disliked so much I ended up giving up on it completely!   "Amara" - watercolour and colour pencil painting"Bridgit" - watercolour and colour pencil painting"Hedvig" - watercolour and colour pencil painting

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I feel like I am getting a good handle on drawing graphite portraits at the moment. I have completed a couple of successful (in my mind anyway) drawings in a row now. There is something to be said for sticking to a theme until you (almost) perfect it! What’s that theory… 10,000 hours to become an expert? I have such squirrel tendencies it’s impossible for me to stay focused on any one thing for an extended period!

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“Grace” in Colour

Last week I had finished the graphite part of this drawing.  You can read about the process and see some work in progress photos here.  I could have left it at that but I have been doing so many graphite pieces of late I really felt like adding a bit of colour.  I decided to break out the gouache paints as I like the opaque, flat almost ‘poster paint’ nature of them. None of that pesky, uncontrollable watercolour behaviour! I don’t feel particularly confident with any kind of painting so putting paint to paper is always a bit scary for me   There is always a high risk that I am going to stuff it up royally.  Hence it was quite a few days before I dived in but I am so glad I did.  I am really happy with the end result.

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