Tuesday, 9 October 2012

bunch of portraits

I have a lot of art supplies sitting around because I've been collecting and hoarding and not really using it.  Here are a bunch of portraits I did with these art supplies.  They all have their strengths and unique characteristics.  The drawings done in coloured pencils are done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, 200 series and the watercolour ones are done on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolour papers.  I tried on a few different styles, techniques and colour combinations.


This one is done with Derwent Drawing pencils.  I have a tin of 24 (the full range) and I think it's the best pencils for rendering skintones!  The colour selections are very unique (you won't find anything similar in other lines) and according to Derwent, they're especially formulated for rendering nature subjects such as animals and landscapes, and portraits.  The consistency is like half waxy-coloured pencils and half pastel.


I used Derwent Aquatone for this one.  Its slogan on the Derwent website is "Paint in a stick" and it's called "Woodless Watercolour Sticks", but I think it's more like a woodless watercolour pencil.  It doesn't EXACTLY behave like watercolour paint - it's more chalky and the colour becomes lighter when wet and darkens when it dries (true watercolour is the other way round).  The chalkiness lends this matte look to the painting which is more apparent in person.  Compare with this one:


which is done using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolours.  I don't think it's obvious from the scans but the quality of the paint is a lot more glossier and 'transparent' than the Aquatones.  Both works really well though.


These are done using the vintage Prismacolors that Stephen got me from ebay a few months ago.  They're the Berol ones.  I read from some forum that that's when Prismacolors were still 'good', because apparently when they were acquired by Sanford and the manufacturing plant was moved to Mexico the quality of the pencils declined.  I didn't grow up using Prismacolors so I don't know how true this is, and wanted to test both to see for myself, so I bought the modern Prismas and managed to hunt down this set of vintage Prismas.  I haven't used the modern Prismas very much but so far I feel that the quality of the pencils are the same.  This set of vintage has some politically incorrect colour names, though.  For example, there are two pencils called 'Flesh' and 'Light Flesh', which in the modern Prisma set are changed to 'Peach' and 'Light Peach'.  I had a bit of difficulty with the skintones here, and by the time the last layers were applied, the paper was already over-saturated.


This one was created using my beloved Colleen coloured pencils. Out of all the colour pencil brands I own, this is the only scholastic grade one, or rather, the only brand marketed to children, but the consistency rivals those of the pro-grade stuff I own.  This means the colour selection tends to be a LOT brighter, which I absolutely adore!  I tried doing a semi-manga style with this one and I'm very pleased with how it came out.  I used Prismacolor blender and white to blend and burnish some areas.


This is created using Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils.  Going for a more expressionistic style here.  I don't think it came out badly but I'm not quite sure what to think of it.

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