Monday, January 7, 2008

Mighty Art Demos

When I was first developing my current style of Colored Pencil work I checked out every book I could find on the topic, and then went out and bought my favorite ones. One of these books was The Colored Pencil: Key Concepts for Handling the Medium by Bet Borgeson. Wow! Now the author of that book has selected one of my step-by-step demos to be included in a new online directory of demonstrations called Might Art Demos and Tutorials . You'll find lots of great work in lots different styles and mediums. And see how it's done. There are even some cool videos! Like Tim Burton- Speed Painting by Nico Di Mattia. Check it out!


Anonymous said...

That is fantastic Gail! Really a "full circle" moment, which is always a very neat thing.
I'm also thinking I might pick up a copy of her book too. My pencils have way too much dust on them.

Jennifer said...

Gail-- Congratulations! That is really great. How long does it take you to do a piece like the one in your step-by-step?

gail said...

Hey Angela.
Yes! It's a pretty neat thing. Love the full circle comment. She even sent me a very nice email for posting the link.

Pick up those pencils. Dust them off. And get drawing! I'd love to see what you come up with.

Well...that piece started as an experiment to develop a technique to speed things up. (Layering colored pencil is a slow process!)
I spend about a week on the graphite underpainting (that includes concept, layout, comp, etc.) And about two weeks layering in the color. This piece is 6x9. I usually work large, but with such a tight crop I was able to keep it small.

Sounds like a long time but, I was quite pleased with the process. The whole underpainting thing is working so well for me. As I go, I'm finding other ways to speed up the CP part. I guess my work is now "mixed media".