So I’m finally updating my “For sale” page with 2 original drawings.
Paper size: 6.5″ x 5.8″ (16.6 x 14.7 cm)
Drawing size: 4.7″ x 4″(12 x 10 cm)
Paper: white, acid free
Materials: Coloured pencils
Paper size: 8.3″ x 5.8″ (21 x 14.8 cm)
Drawing size: aprox. 5.1″ x 4.3″(13 x 11 cm)
Paper: white, acid free
Materials: wood stain, coloured pencils, watercolours
Hi! I made a new video of a painting. This one is a small portrait of my cat Nina.
- It made on watercolour paper with 12 x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″).
- I painted it with a kind of wood stain. I’m sorry I don’t know if there is a better name for it in English, in Portuguese is called viochene.
- The final touches were added with coloured pencils, a white pen and some watercolours (in tube).
I accept commissions for this kind of painting. I will post a table of prices in the “for sale” page, soon.
You can click on the picture to see the video. Enjoy!
Sorry about the video quality.
So this week I finally made some things that I should have done some time ago.
- I created a facebook page. There, I will share images and links for my other pages online and I think this is a good way to keep a more close contact with people.
- I created a shop online. There I want to sell some of my original artwork as well as some prints. I will try to make some quick sketches and illustrations that I can sell for a friendly price. The prints will also be cheaper than the originals but for this I need to buy a printer first
- I updated my youtube chanel with a new banner and an “About” page.
- You may notice some changes on the blog too. On the menu above you can see that I now have a “For Sale” and a “Recommendations” buttons. On the first one I will post images of the items I have for sale on the shop and information about commission work. On “Recommentations” you can go to my Amazon shop. There you can find products that I think are worth having. If you buy anything through this link you are helping me to support my work.
In the next days I will continue to update the pages.
Last weekend me and my husband decided to have a weekend free of worries and stress. So, what did we do? Arts and crafts fun stuff. Particularly some art and crafts related with one of our main hobbies and interests, medieval 15th century.
So we finally started to paint our portraits in wood using egg tempera. You know my drawings, I use coloured pencils almost all the time and although I painted with acrylics before, I never tried oils or pigments with egg tempera. Not only that but I’m stubborn and I like a good challenge so I thought “if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right”. So after we prepared the wood with several layers of gesso (we did that some days before and not on the weekend), I draw my hubby using a metal point. (I don’t use a metal point that much but I really love it). And then I started painting layer by layer. I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly or how the end result will be but I’m having fun and enjoying working with the egg tempera. I will leave you with some photos of the progress.
First part – sketching
I painted a white layer and draw only the correct lines
After first layer of cream colour all over. I could barely see the drawing at this point.
After a layer of a darker cream colour only on shadow areas.
After a second layer with a darker cream. How we left the painting by the end of the weekend. I’m painting the one on the left and my husband is painting the one on the right.
If you want to see more of our medieval stuff you can visit our blog Alvissaras
First coloured pencil drawing of the year, “Night heron”. Reference photo by Paruula.
Materials: mostly Derwent studio pencils, in the eye also a black Faber-Castell Polychromos. I struggled a bit in some parts, I couldn’t blend the way I wanted, the Studio are great for some details but too hard for a nice blend. I will probably retouch it in the future.
The watercolour pencils were my first purchase of Derwent supplies. One day I saw a set of 18 pencils in a zipped bag with other accessories and I just had to buy it. This was my first set of non-children coloured pencils.
In general, the feature that I like the most in coloured pencils is their versatility. You can carry some with you all the time and draw or paint according to your need/wish at the moment. Maybe you’re in the mood for a watercolour painting or maybe you just feel like doing a quick sketch with a few lines, or maybe you want to make a mixture of both. And for all that you just need that bunch of pencils… well and a waterbrush or something like that.
But let’s talk about these pencils in particular.
I think they’re great to work with water. You can easily paint a stamp or an ink drawing and then use a brush with water to give it a watercolour look. But these are the regular watercolour pencils and not the Inktense so, after adding the water the colours will fade a bit. This is why I like to paint some parts again when the drawing is dry.
Other way to use these pencils with water is to pass the wet brush directly on the pencil to catch the colour and then paint with it as if these were regular watercolours. I find this particularly useful to complement my very limited set of watercolours.
Great as watercolors but how about as regular coloured pencils? I think they can do the job but I have to agree with other reviews. These pencils are a bit dry and more difficult to blend that softer pencils. Also because of that, sometimes seems that the colours are not as vivid as I wanted. For what I’ve read the new watercolour pencils are much better and don’t have these problems but I haven’t tried them yet so I don’t know. Still, on my lobster painting I used these pencils dry over a simple watercolour painting (already dry), and I could still blend and get a nice colour. So, with patience and care, they can work as regular pencils, but be careful when you press hard and try to blend them.
As a summary, I think these pencils are great to carry with you and although the new ones may be better, if I find the old ones on sale I would get some more. They are great for sketches and watercolour drawings but if you want to make a realistic regular colour pencil drawing, there are better pencils for that.
I tried to make the colours as accurate as possible. And here is an octopus I draw (a year ago) with these pencils just for fun.