078 Rendering Hair In Colored Pencil

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Topic: Rendering Hair in Colored Pencil

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This is an all-important topic for portraiture artists: how to draw hair! John and Lisa dish out their best tips for rendering hair that looks natural and dynamic: follow the reference photo religiously, focus on abstract shapes vs. individual strands, work in sections, work in layers, and more! Lisa also shares an archival alternative to the gel pens that many artists may be tempted to use for highlights.

 Links Referenced:

-Lisa’s video How Not to Draw Hair:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZFak2eAt2I

-Lisa’s Jon Snow video How to Draw Hair in Colored Pencil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma8FSKF4JeE

-Lisa’s video How to Get White Lines and Detail in Colored Pencil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hOHx-qZ8

-Touch Up Texture

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store.html

 

-Colored Pencil Titanium White

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store.html

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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031 Interview with Tanja Gant

Topic: Interview with Tanja Gant (self taught colored pencil artist)

 

 

Tanja talks about her process and approach to doing portraits in colored pencil.  She works in both colored pencil and graphite.  While her work in unique and easily identifiable, she pushes and challenges herself with each new drawing.  

 

 

See more of her work and check out her extensive portfolio at:  http://tanjagant.com/

 

 

Links:

 

 

http://tanjagant.com/

 

 

http://scottwaddellfineart.com/

 

 

Closing

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com.

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014 Portraits That AREN'T Creepy

Topic:  How to render portraits in colored pencil

Intro:  Lisa and John discuss colored pencil portraits AND the new Colored Pencil Paper by Strathmore

Every single part of drawing a portrait is laying the foundation for the final product.  

Before beginning, it is good to know what I want the outcome to look like.

So for me, there are 4 areas that I am most concerned with:

  1. The layout - Am I going to trace an outline of the face or am I going to freehand?  Where is the subject going to be placed on the paper or canvas?  

  2. The focus in the face - If the focus is not going to be the eyes then that particular feature needs to be something that I think about and make sure that I keep that the focus.  As I’m progressing through my rendering of the portrait I am still thinking about that focus area.  In other words, just because I may be working on a cheek, I don’t want to become unbalanced in that.  In my effort to render a cheek I still want the eyes to draw the viewer in.

  3. Values and three-dimensional rendering in the face - For example, if I am drawing a nose.  Then I want to keep in my mind that at least I know in my mind that this is a nose and it has an apex at the very tip of the nose.  The tip of the nose will probably be lighter than any other part of the face because the 3D rules dictate that I do that.

  4. Building my values slowly - I do not want to speed things up and start quickly laying down pigment with pencils, just because I know there’s a large area that needs this one color.  I want to take my time and very slowly build up the values so that everything is in balance.  At any time I could stop drawing and call the piece a complete rendering- IF, I’ve kept the right balance.

For me, the face or subject matter is something that should have continuity.  It is sort of like water flowing down a river in one direction or a musical piece.  There is a balance with music.  We don’t all of a sudden in the middle of a piece, typically, change all the instruments and change the time signature.   But rather, there is some confluence in the piece.  There is some flowing from one musical portion to the next.  Drawing is no different.  There must always be a balance.  

Links:

Lisa's Youtube Review