jip's corner of creation
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- The first steps of creation
- Choosing your colors
- Smooth colored layer
- Moulding the shapes
- Adding shades
- The finnishing touch
- Alien SeaWeed
- Materials used
The first steps of creation
To make a color pencil drawing I first draw all the lines. This
way it doesn't mather if I blur the lines a little if my hands
touch the paper.
I set up the lines in two stages. First I globaly scetch the
shapes. When alle the shapes have formed I clear the paper in
such a way that I can barely see the lines. Now I draw the
with a very sharp pencil.
Choosing your colors
After that I can start adding the colors. By looking at the the
diffrent shapes and their position I imagine which colors I
Most of the time I already get an idea of which color would look
nice on specific shapes, when I am drawing the lines. Agressive
shapes will get agressive colors, and soft shapes get soft
colors. But there are also more neutral shapes. I can use these
shapes to restore the balance of the layout.
Like with the lines, I set up the colors in two stages. I start
with adding the firste layer of the
I've chosen, to each shape. This layer must be as smooth as
Smooth colored layer
To create a very smooth colored area you have to keep
pushing the pencil to the paper with the same force. This is
easier to do when you keep the pencil sharp at all times. To
prevent the pencilpoint from getting blunt you can rotate te
pencil gently while coloring.
To create this smooth colored area, you also have to limmit your
pencilmoves to only one direction per layer. If you put a few of
these colorlayers on top of eachother, you cann't distinguish the
different lines of the pencil anymore. I usualy put tree
colorlayers on top of eachother, which direction differ by 30
Moulding the shapes
Now every shape in the drawing has its own color, but everything
still looks flat. By adding more color you can mould the
By starting with the background you don't have to worrie
that your shapes become blury when your hand touches the
paper. It might even add more depth of the background looks
a bit blury.
Because this is the final layer of color there is little
room for error. You have to be carefull that your creation
evolves in the direction you want it to go. This stage of
the creation process takes most of the time, but it will
transform flat figures into a moving 3d world. You have to
be carefull that you don't damage the paper by using a color
pencil on the same place too much. It works better to use
less color from a darker colored pencil then much color from
a lighter one. But if you do damage the paper you can
camouflage it using a black pencil.
The only thing missing is the
that the figures project on eachother. Whitout these shades
the figures look like they are all glowing themselves. When
you include shades you give the illusion of a lightsource.
The also shades give an impression of how big objects are
and how far away they are from eachother. The lightsource
can be anywhere. It can be somewhere in your drawing or
somewhere far away outside our drawing. And ofcourse you can
use more then one lightsource. Playing with shades and light
can give your drawing a completely different atmosphere.
In this drawing I created the illusion of an external
lightsource. The shades aren't completely correct, this
gives a less static impression. Your free to bend the laws
of physics in your drawing as much as you like. To make the
shades I used a black pencili to darken the colors. This way
the shades can be put on top of the colored layers, so you
don't have to decide where you want to put them untill after
you've moulded the shapes.
The finnishing touch
I wanted to give this drawing a deep black background, so I
added a finnisching touch of black
The black waterpaint I use gives one of the deepest black
colors because of its chemical composition. Most other
paints become shiny, but this waterpaint stays dull.
The deep black color creates a huge contrast between the
background and the figures. This makes the figures almost
jump off the paper. If you are afraid that you are not able
to stay between the lines it can help to draw the lines
again with a hard black pencil. This creates a little dent
in the paper, so your margin of error becomes slightly
Below here you can see the
of the creation process. I've called it "Alien SeaWeed". The
forms in this drawing have no symbolic meaning. They just
happened to form on my paper when I was drawing.
paper: fine stucture, 120 gram/meter²
size: A3 (42 x 29,7 centimeter)
a black pencil (type HB)
50 color pencils
a pencil sharpener !
a good pencil wiper
black water paint
jip December 2001