Layla

Still finding my way with coloured pencils. I’m only really comfortable hatching and I’m still trying to figure out how to represent form, colour and light and shade with pencils using hatching. It’s a slow process and I’m finding that I’m exaggerating form much more than I do with other mediums – I’m not quite sure why its especially obvious in this drawing, where I’ve obviously elongated Layla’s torso quite a lot. I was aware that I was doing it but it seemed quite a natural thing to do with my pencils.

I drew this with Polychromos coloured pencils in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook,

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I am so in love with Zecchi watercolours. I found the Zecchi shop on a trip to Florence a couple of years ago, bought some of their handmade watercolours and haven’t wanted to use anything else since. So once a year or so I place a new order and stock up. The paints aren’t expensive- €4 or €5 a half-pan – but the shipping is (€15.50 to the UK from Italy by Fedex) which is why I only order occasionally and I make sure I stock up well.  

But the joy of opening this little box is priceless. Especially this time because I ran out of Ultramarine Blue Light three weeks ago and Zecchi were closed for August! 

And yes, this time I splurged and bought entirely unnecessary half pans of silver and gold to play with.

If you want to half a look around the wonders of the Zecchi website you will find them here – http://www.zecchi.it/ Click on the 🇬🇧 at the top to translate the site into English.

Riley

Back in my Copic comfort zone I enjoyed drawing Sktchy muse Riley so much. For what I think is the first time ever I also remembered to take photos of my work in progress so I’ve added a collage photo of those below, so you can see how I build up my layers of colour as I’m drawing. I worked with Copic multiliners and markers in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook.

Van

I love drawing on toned paper so I thought I’d try a coloured pencil drawing in a Strathmore toned paper sketchbook that I’ve been working in just occasionally for several years now. But I’m a little disappointed with the results. I had to work pretty hard to get my pencils to show up at all in this portrait of Van. I expected them to be much more vibrant on this paper. So I think I’ll be sticking with my Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook. If anyone has had better results with a different toned paper sketchbook I’d be interested to know about it.

Klara

Another patterned portrait, this time with watercolour and coloured pencils. In Klara’s Sktchy photo she was posing in front of some fabulous rhododendron bushes so I took my inspiration for the floral background pattern from those flowers.

I drew this portrait in a Laloran sketchbook with a Copic multiliner, painted it with Zecchi watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.