Friday, March 23, 2007

last light, moleskine and coloured pencils








I should be doing lots of things instead but I wanted to draw - so I did :) ... and now I have to face the dirty dishes, pile of washing and tidying up :(
I did this from a combination of the sketches I did on the beach at sunset and memory. I've done a series of works from those sketches - in oil, pastel and digital images. It was interesting to see just how intense and dark it's possible to go with coloured pencils. I think they hold up well in comparison with other media.
I'm speeding up with them and can now imagine sketching more with them plein air. I think they'll feature more often in my sketchbooks in the future.
It was done with a mix of Polychromos, Lyra and cheapo Tescos coloured pencils and one Derwent. I like the heavier waxier Polychromos and Lyra - in future I'll know which to go for. Luckily I took the advice of expert CP users and bought quite a few polychromos - the Derwent is an old one, though it's good I don't like it as much.
The moleskine doesn't erase as cleanly as cartridge paper with these I notice.
Tomorrow I'm off to London to see the Watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries with Glen and we will meet up with Katherine there. Then it's decision time - to see the Manet to Picasso exhibition nearby at the National Gallery or zip over to the Royal Academy to see the Monet drawings.

2 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Look at those beautiful colors! Great stuff,Vivien.

vivien said...

I'm so glad you like it - it had very mixed reactions on WC! - I was even asked if I was alright by a really kind member who was worried I was severely depressed :) - I thought it was lovely of him to worry - but no! it's just late evening/early night