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Sunday, 21 August 2011

MCC Colouring 101 Wk 3 - Facial Colouring & Pastel Pencils Meet A Challenge

Links: Previous Post, Glenda Waterworth, My Creative Classroom (MCC)

from my sketchbook

I have very few facial stamps & so used one of the images Glenda provided. I had expected to be able to colour all of the skin with the set of 12 Lyra Skin Tone pencils but found that I needed to supplement the set with my Polychromos in order to colour her cheeks. I also used the Polychromos for her eyes, lips, clothing & jewellery.

Digital Image - Glenda Waterworth, Cardstock - Southfield Bright White 160gsm
Colouring - Lyra Skin Tone & Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with dry paper stump,
 Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for edging cardstock

I was working on my pastel pencils exercise & not really getting very far until yesterday morning when it fell together as Glenda mentioned the purple poppies in her garden, gave herself a challenge & suggested anyone wishing to do so could join in with a piece of artwork. I hope my sketchbook exercise qualifies as "artwork." I'd not really thought about the fact that in Glenda's MCC tutorial she used a stamp including expanses of solid stamping which she mentioned could be defined further with a black pencil, especially if an area hadn't stamped crisply. Although my stamped image was fine I thought the contrast between the creamy colour used for the scrollwork & the surrounding design might be effective. I was surprised by how much that small detail added to the final appearance & include the above photo (click to enlarge) of my first corner being coloured to illustrate the difference. Leaving little debris & maintaining a sharpened point the oil-based Polychromos pencil was a delight to use in this manner.

Stamp Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque) UDLGGSP020 Summer Poppies.
Ink VersaFine Onyx Black.
Colouring Derwent Pastel Pencils & Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with dry paper stump.
Cardstock Southfield Medium White 225gsm.


saturated canary said...

i love her face coloring!! just the most subtle hint of blush...and her hair shine is spot on!! i think you should get more people stamps, Paula:)!! You are very good at skintone and make-up! and the color combo of that last image is really very pretty. i always wanted to do a room in my house in those colors!! just need to convince phil;)


Aquarius said...

The colouring on the skintones is superb and as for the hair - absolutely brilliant. It could be used to advertise hair conditioner!! Well done for rising to the purple poppy challenge so pronptly - I'm still thinking about it. That was a good tip about using black pencil to enhance solid stamping wasn't it?

Pink Dandelion said...

Oh Paula I love how you have coloured her face, the skin tone and hint of blush is fabulous but I especially love how you have coloured her hair (something I really struggle with), you have coloured the shadows and shine perfectly. Debs xx

Debgem said...

Paula - I really am enjoying your commentary and sketch sample from this course. The girl's face is just beautiful and the flowers look amazing. I really do think this is a course I MUST do! Brilliant work!

GinaA said...

Hi Paula, you have given the girl a twinkle in her eye and stunning shine in her hair. Amazing how you needed to use a different set of colours to complete her. Fabulous poppies as well.

Sandra said...

Beautiful shading again Paula. How I wish to have hair that shiny and glossy! Sandra

PaulaM said...

Paula - this is beautiful - you are doing such an AWESOME job with this class. I wish I had time to do something like this - it is all I can do to keep my head above water!

Rica said...

Hi Paula, I want to say you so very thanks for the absolutely beautiful flowers!!! These were such exquisite with for shapes and colours. To receive them were so touched to me so a beautiful treasure.
I cant sight can I can spend my more works put I see have my work is more avail by possible!!!

Love, hugs and wish
Heather xx

weewiccababe said...

wow, wow and wow some more - and do you know, I'm picking up wee hints and tips along the way too Paula. Fantastic job on both images and the shiny hair on your girl is outstanding

Lorraine said...

OMG Paula you should so be very proud of these her hair is so perfect you are a real pro it looks so lifelike as do those beautiful flowers glad you popped back to share these i have really missed you xx

Kathy said...

Wow Paula you leave me speechless. Your have colored her so incredibly beautiful !! I love your poppies and the way you review the colored pencils on your blog. Your blog has so much wonderful information...who needs a book they can just stop here. Have a happy day. Hugs, Kathy

Elaine said...

Fabulous again Paula!
Your skin tones on the face are excellent, but the hair is totally amazing! You have really coloured it beautifully capturing the shine and highlights perfectly.

Beautiful shading on the poppies too Paula.

Love Elaine xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Woo, never mind anything else, I am just going to say,

Oh My Goodness - her hair looks real!!!

Brilliant stuff,



Sharon said...

Wow this is really fabulous. Can only reiterate what everyone else has already said. Your colouring is super FAB! hugs Sharon