I often find it is interesting to try similar subject matter in several different media, and I learn something every time I try a different medium - is this able to show another side of this subject? is another medium able to better translate what I am trying to get across?
Anyway, my Valentine gave me some beautiful colored pencils from Utrecht, and of course I had to try them right away. I have been working with images of a girl in different states of motion, trying a variety of body positions, colors of her dress and colors of background.
So, as I worked, I started to experiment with shading, combining different layers of color, etc. And ways of creating the layers of color. So different to feel a small point (or even the side of a pencil) rather than the smushy brush at the end of what you are holding.
For the large area of the background, I felt I wanted a more solid color feeling, so I included layers of Prismacolor art stix, which are the shape of conte crayons but made of colored pencil material. In the photo below, you will see that I have added more shading and layers (sorry the light is not the best on the photo above, but you can still get the idea).
I started to feel it was getting more of the feeling I wanted, as it had felt a bit too flat before.
I actually don't mind some types of flat, but the word flat can sometimes mean to me more than flat in the physical dimensional sense, rather a flat that means that the piece is lacking the life that I want in it. And, because I work so much from intuition, sometimes it takes trying a bunch of things before I arrive at the feeling I want. Whereas, other times it just comes out right. And those times it feels like someone else did it!
So, back to the task at hand. Even with more layers and shading, I still wanted at least some parts of the drawing to look more smushy. Soooooo, even though the pencils and art stix I used are not "aquarelle pencils", which are the type that blend well when you use a brush with water on them, I did use a brush with water on it on the background. I kept wanting more of a blend, and wanted to see what would happen, if anything. You can see in the photo below, especially around her head, the color is more liquidy-looking. So it did blend things in places.
And now it does have more of the feeling I was seeking.
I'm looking forward to trying some more things with these pencils to see what happens there. Meanwhile, the strappo monotypes are continuing to be made as well :).