This squiggle is done entirely with colored pencils. I wanted to experiment with the grey color and wrinkling hide of an elephant. I used blue, orange, yellow and purple for an interesting effect. Not quite the grey I was looking for but interesting.
Elephants never cease to amaze me. That may be why they turn up so often in my squiggles.
The hat is such an intriguing part of the painting, I felt that I wanted it to be the center of my sketch. It seems to do as well as a skirt as it does as a hat. I also wanted the lines of the hair to be repeated in the pattern of the shoes.
The color is done with colored pencil and marker. I used a more sophisticated color scheme than usual in my squiggles, but she is a high society woman. She may be signaling to her private jet in this photo. I’ll have to go check.
Lynne: This is page from a notebook I kept while we were camping in the Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s not really a squiggle, but I find that I can draw better if I just get some approximate marks on the paper. It started out as a Kristin-sized squiggle then I smoothed the lines into a more realistic look.
It has been cold, here, and I have been too long from a warm sun. This drawing makes me warmer remembering a mile-long stretch of boardwalk through a green glade of swamp.
Lynne: I was thinking about Christmas when I drew this. I used the complement pair red and green and tossed in the yellow softball to show the changes from red through orange to yellow.
Most of this is done with marker. It’s much less forgiving than pencil and is more difficult for me to get the nuances of shading. That is one of my goals for 2012–to learn more about shading with less fuss.
Lynne: I did this squiggle at a class given by Teri Partridge. We were to draw the altered edges of a shell. I’ve included the pencil drawing and the squiggle I did later.
I use a mechanical pencil with 2B lead and a a blending tool when I do a graphite drawing. The squiggle is done with Caran d’Ache colored pencils. The color of these pencils seems to go on thicker than the Prismacolors and need entirely different techniques when blending–which I am trying to learn.
Lynne: I used colored pencils for this squiggle. I was mainly interested in drawing her right hand with the palm outward. I tried to use my own hand as a reference for this pose, but the angle is just a little wrong. I had to find a model.
Blue and orange are the main complementary colors. I like to go simple on color when I am working on perspective.