This is a vintage colored pencil drawing done in New Orleans. It was an experiment in pointillism that I will never forget; it was extremely tedious and time consuming.
Pointillism is a technique of drawing or painting in distinct dots of color applied in patterns to form an image. If I ever think of trying this again, I hope I can talk myself out of it.
I remember being nearly done and my eyes crossing. I wanted to throw it away and forget I ever started it. Although I do admire Georges Seurat’s work, I believe he had the same problems with time intensity.
Tulips are a favorite and I would like to explore this subject more, just not in pointillism. Since time consuming work really affects the bottom line, I want to explore techniques that can be done in eight hours or less.
I don’t want to be that artist who can only finish 2 or 3 pieces a year. Although it’s funny, a few pieces a year is all I have to show for the last few years. I am counting on this blog to change that.
Two Ways to Save Time Drawing with Colored Pencils:
- Work smaller
Pieces that are smaller can be printed larger to the specification of the client with the proper scan in the right resolution. Working smaller can allow for you to make a series of several drawings. Art buyers like to get pieces in “sets”.
- Start with a water soluble crayon layer as an underpainting
Water soluble crayons are a wonderful solution for an even toned layer that can be completed quickly and is compatible with colored pencils. I have tried a few brands, but the ones I really prefer are Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. They rock. A little pricey, but so worth it.