Shiny Apples

One of my resolutions this year was to join in with each and every Monthly Challenge over at WetCanvas. A lofty and frankly idiotic resolution, but one, nonetheless, I intend to keep. It will force me to work and all practice is good practice. For January, out of the reference photos chosen by the Coloured Pencil Moderator, I chose a photo by WC member K D K Brown and cropped it quite close just to be different from the other submissions. The moderator, Rosemary, added another challenge: you had to work on black or dark paper. So, I chose Clairefontaine Pastelmat in charcoal grey. Pastelmat is originally for pastel artists and has a gritty/sandy texture to grab pigment and hold onto it. A lot of CP artists use it in their work and I wanted to give it a try. The challenges are a perfect way to try out new things.

I began with drawing out a sketch onto tracing paper, lined the reverse of the page with white coloured pencil, then transferred the image to my pastelmat.

Thanks to my new super-duper way of organizing my coloured pencils, I can’t tell you exactly what pencils I used but I’ll definitely be able to tell you the colour and sometimes the brand. Basically, what I remember you’ll be told. Next, I used a Caran D’Ache Supracolor Pale Yellow to lay down a base colour for all the apple areas.

I also marked in the areas of bright highlight with a Derwent Coloursoft White. Then I moved onto modelling the apples with various reds, oranges, yellows and pinky-reds.

Using darker reds and some dark browns, I modelled further being careful to leave the highlights and emphasise the mottled areas of the apples.

Moving onto the silver gravy boat, I pickedĀ  shades of grey, light and mid-range blues and, of course, white, and turned my drawing on end so that I could stroke my pencil the way the gravy boat sweeped.

In the original reference, the objects lie on a black table with a grey background. I kept it simple and just used a black Derwent Inktense pencil to fill in the table and kept the colour of the pastelmat as the background. I added a little reflection on the table surface of the apple and gravy boat. A few touch-ups here and there and we are done.


Shiny Apples: 18 x 15 cm, Clairefontaine Pastelmat, various CPs (mostly Derwent Coloursoft).



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