Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ostrich - WIP02

Hi All,

I'm moving along fairly slowly on this.  I have had a lot of distractions.  We were at a dog show for 4 days and when I got back I had lots of CPSA work I need to get done.  I do believe I will be able to get back in my studio tomorrow so hopefully I will have some more progress soon.

This Ostrich is really fun to do, he is quite the challenge though.  I used my Icarus board on the background and on the beak so far.  I also went back and drew in the white/light fuzzy hairs that go into the background using the Icarus board.  I just love that heated board because it allows me to add the white/light hairs into the background and they actually appear opaque.  It definitely gives you a feeling of painting at times.

I'm hoping I'm able to portray the inquisitiveness that this guy had.  He was so interested in my camera lens and was just about to peck at it.  He was totally in my face.  In fact... I think that is what I am going to title this piece.... "In Your Face".

Along with the Icarus board I'm using predominately Prismacolor pencils and a few of my favorite colors of the Derwent Colorsoft pencils.  They react quite nicely on the Icarus board.

I can't think of much more to say for now.  If you should have any questions or comments feel free to speak up.

Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ostrich - WIP01

Hi Everyone,

Here's my first update on this piece, this is just a portion of the drawing.  The finish drawing will be 16" x 16".  So far I'm using Prismacolor Pencils and Derwent Colorsoft Pencils on UArt.  This piece will be done with 100% colored pencils.

I'm also using my Icarus board to help blend the Colored Pencils.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Icarus board... it's a heated board that has a cool area and a heated area.  You can lay down your the color on the cool side and then move the piece over to the heated side to blend the layers using a stump.  Using the Icarus board gives you a feeling of painting rather than drawing.  You can also keep the painting in the heated area even while laying down the colored pencil.  I really like the way the colorsoft pencils react using the Icarus board.  If any of you are interested in learning more about the Icarus board here is the link:  If you have any questions at all let me know.

Keep Scribbling,