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 →

The Creative Plan – Day 1 Colour Pencils

I don’t recall ever buying a colour pencil set, they were always birthday or Christmas presents, so I’ve had my collection since I was ten! I never liked colouring-in as a child – too many memories struggling to get colour to adhere to crappy colouring-in books printed on newspaper print. Testing Before I set off... Continue Reading →

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