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Drawing of a Robin – Colored Pencil

This soft sweet Robin is in the same series as the Cardinals. It’s 5×7, on Champagne Mi Tientes paper (smooth side) and done in Prismacolor Pencils.

For this one, I ended up with a few more colors than usual: Indigo, Periwinkle, Mineral Orange, Yellow Ocher, Black and White. The blue and orange tones are complements and work together nicely even though Robins in life don’t have much blue in their feathers.

The softness of this drawing is very apparent, to me anyway, and adds a sweet look to the subject. That wasn’t my goal when I started but I did work with it as it appeared.

The entire back of the bird is suggested but not drawn clearly or just plain missing. I’m still experimenting with the pencils to see how loose I can go. This may be getting close to the boundry of “not enough” – we’ll see where it ends up.

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Drawings! Cardinals! In Colored Pencil!

OK, so that’s a lot of excitement up there in the title. But, it’s been such a long while since I posted and almost as long since drawing and painting that I got kind of wound up.

This is the first drawing after being away for while and I could sure tell in my rusty hands and eyes. It’s sketched lightly on Champagne Mi Tientes and then the color is worked in with Prismacolor colored pencils. In trying to stick with limited colors, I chose Tuscan Red, Scarlet, Poppy Red, White and Black.

Overall, it’s OK but I didn’t like the texture of the paper – too mechanical. Nor am I happy with the stiffness and lack of life in the bird; perhaps it’s a bit overworked.

So, I did another drawing exactly the same- sort of.

Here’s Cardinal #2, same paper (except on the smooth side), same size (5×7), and the same colors. To me, it seems fresher even if there’s less detail. This one was much easier to draw and complete; I could feel myself loosening up as it progressed.

Colored pencils are a big draw for me, but I’m still getting comfortable with how I want to use them in a less precise manner. I’m enjoying exploring these small drawings and am trying to do some everyday. I’ve got another couple to show very soon.

Thanks for looking and any thoughts and comments are always appreciated.

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Western Red Tailed Hawk Drawing – Colored Pencil on Dark Paper

I enjoyed drawing the hawk in the earlier post so much, I thought I’d try again. Here’s a 5 x 7 Western Red Tailed Hawk drawn on Mi Tientes paper with Prismacolor pencils. Again I used a minimal palette of Indigo Blue, Dark Umber, Light Umber, Goldenrod, White and a touch of Black. I don’t know the color name of the paper, but it is very dark and cool toned.
In hindsight, I would have done this differently. This color is incredibly hard to see to draw! My initial sketch lines – which are usually very light as is my habit – were nearly invisible. Also, the colors I chose harmonize well with the subject and the paper, but seem to lack sparkle.
There’s some of this paper left and next time, I’ll try a white bird for that lift it seems to need. Either way, I’m still pleased with how the hawk turned out, especially the expression, and it was really fun to do.
I’m still experimenting with watercolor toned grounds, but it looks like an art supply order for more colored paper is in the making!