The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 4

Since I was a child I loved Greek myths and thought that whole world could give me enough scope to develop some ideas. It also gave me the chance to move away from more natural colours to the fantastical.  Earlier in the week I designed layouts for three pieces. Compared to the last exercise this... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 3

Odilon Redon is probably not the most well known of European artists. He was/is grouped with the Symbolists who practiced art around the turn of the century. To put them into art history context they were a reaction against the Impressionists ideals and possibly laid down the blueprint for any succeeding movement that explored more... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 2

The technique used on Day 1, where the base layer was made up of cross-hatching colour, was so effective and interesting I adjusted today’s exercise to involve more of the same. Layering – all colours at once (using Staedtler Karan Aquarelles) This drawing was about applying all the colours at once from light to dark. One... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 1

Prior to starting this project I had to check if I actually had any watercolour pencils to use. There were a few random Albrecht Durer pencils and the remnants of my Staedtler Karan Aquarelles set which was bought used when I was a graphic design student back in the ‘90s. They didn’t get much of... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 3 – Colour Pencils

When I started this project, colour pencils wasn’t something I was looking forward to. Matter of fact I was apprehensive – past experiences were that they’re a very labour intensive medium requiring a lot of patience and time. Even when I did a search online for colour pencil art I was suprised that practically all... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 5 Colour Pencils

It feels so long since I posted and I have definitely lagged in my commitment to this project over the last few weeks even months. I blame the World Cup – damn living in the southern hemisphere and all those early morning matches! Anyways, things are back to normal, I say with trepidation, the English... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 4 Colour Pencils

Before starting this exercise I went online to look for different ways of using colour pencils but the majority of examples were all high rendered realistic drawings which was surprising and a bit disappointing. This meant I had to look elsewhere for inspiration and found it more in mixed media examples where some had employed... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 3 Colour Pencils

Paul Klee A favourite artist of mine. He is so different from the usual mob I swear undying fealty to – Caravaggio, Frans Hals and all the other Baroque gods. His work is quite magical and maybe he creates colour envy within me. As mentioned before, I struggle with using more than three colours at... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 2 Colour Pencils

I’ve never formally studied fine art or art history but ever since I was introduced to the works of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec by my high school art teachers I’ve passionately tried to absorb as much as I can.  When I handpick artists to reference for these exercise it's coming from accumulated knowledge and familiarity with... Continue Reading →

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