Sunday, April 12, 2009
Well almost. The eyes are not quite right but it was enjoyable to do nonetheless. I tried so many colours I can't remember the names of them all but I wanted to bring out some pink tones so I started with Medium Flesh (Polychromos) to put in the lightest colours first and built up the skin tones with various light browns and even some green and blue along the chin and jaw. I wanted the shadow on his forehead to glow so there is quite a bit of Light Carmine there and around the eyes. With every colour pencil drawing, I find there is always one colour that really makes it pop and I didn't find that colour until it was almost finished - that was Caput Mortuum (Polychromos).
Unfortunately, this brown paper doesn't scan well at all so the subtle shades are completely lost. It looks very flat compared to the original and as the brown paper hasn't even scanned as the correct colour I don't think there is any way around that. Again, close but not quite!