Kimber’s Pets (4 images)

Medium: Color Pencils

I used to think that I would like colored pencils until I finally owned some. At the time I found them irritating to work with; they constantly broke and I spent too much time needing to sharpen them. I also found blending difficult though believe this is mostly because of my lack of skill with them. I am finding this to be true for most new things I try.

I was asked to use color pencils to complete this 4 part piece. My personal preference would’ve been to do a watercolor piece but my client knew what she wanted.

I learned that working with colored pencils is very similar to watercolors in that you need to plan ahead with your color application becasue there will be a lot of layering and cross hatching. In terms of photorealism, I am learning to approach an image with a plan. Much of my color planing happens while I am outlining the images on my paper. While I am thinking about outlining my dark areas and “lines” I am also thinking about what makes those areas stand out (the contrast) and how I would do that with my colors.

I still need to develop how I would like to use colored pencils and I am willing to practice and do more work using them.

DiPalma Photoshoot (Dec 2010)

I am enthused with how these images came out. Currently I am working with the method of taking lots of photos and filtering out the good crop from the poor ones. This photoshoot provided me with a few different scenarios that I hadn’t yet encountered.

1) It was a very cloudy day in December about 5:15 pm (central).  I had to figure out working with less shadows than I like. Low temperature in the colors. A slower shutter speed. etc

2) The boys were also very active. And often had their own ideas of how to “pose”. (very fun – but sometimes challenging)

Though I was able to get some very good shots, I was able to make them even better with the power of photoshop!