I am dedicating this week (and maybe beyond) to playing with coloured pencils. I dabbled with some water based tinted graphite pencils the other week and was really pleased with the effects.
In my art stash I found an unused tin of WH Smiths (British book/stationery shop) of water based coloured pencils. I have had them for years and totally unused and I mint condition!!!!
Check Your Old Art Stash
I encourage you if you have not done any art for a while have a mooch in your store cupboards as I bet you have a few supplies you have not used in a while or in my case at all. Pull them out and have a play.
Back To The Coloured Pencils
I was tempted with black Friday sales to go and buy some Derwent/Faber Castell or Caran D’ache pencils but I held back and thought no I have this whole tin of 36 watercolour pencils untouched and they are perfectly good snout to play with so I started with a character sketch and decided on purple hair!
Dive Right In
I started applying the purple to the hair and that’s when I thought I should actually put in some proper effort and explore more. I have just done the surface light and shade to get some definition in there for a basic sketch and I normally just leave it there but this time I am going to take it further. I might find some exercises to do to practice with the pencils. Here is the initial sketch and initial layer of purple hair. I will progress this into next week.
I will leave it here for now but to see my other sketches this week see my Instagram account @zoebadgerart.