Winged unicorn. Horned Pegasus. Alicorn. Unasis. Pegacorn. UNIPEGASUSACORN! Whatever you prefer to call these guys, it's a super-sparkle magical horse with wings and a horn.
I actually tried out some new colored pencils with this one - they're called Caran d'Ache, and they come from Switzerland. They are. Um. AWESOME. I can honestly say that I am not sure whether I like Carans or Prismacolors better right now. They can handle my mush-it-together technique, as well as a light, layered technique. The leads are more consistent than Prismas, and they keep a point a lot better. The downside? They're twice as expensive as most of the other colored pencils out there. I am beginning to think the Carans may be worth it, though. The results (and the way they feel during coloring process) are wonderful.
So! This is Caran d'Ache pencils on cold-pressed illustration board. I also included a Gilson turquoise stone (it's an imitation stone), and assorted shiny bits.
Original art: sold.
5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches not available
16x20 inches not available
It wasn't too bad, actually; the picture is quite small at about 5x6 inches. It took four hours or so to color.
Caran d'Ache is one of those high fallutin' professional brands. They come from Switzerland, and as far as I've been able to find, only Jerry's Art-a-Rama catalogue and the Dick Blick catalogue carry the big sets. I suspect the reason for that is that the big sets are really, really expensive and only crazy colored pencil people like me will shell out the money to get them.
The turquoise-looking thing is called Gilson turquoise. It's a man-made stone that imitates the color and patterns of blue turquoise. Real, natural turquoise is pretty difficult to get these days because a lot of the mines are getting tapped out (real malachite is the same way, incidentally). The small bits that I've run across (NOT in the art and craft stores - that stuff is all fake - but at rock shows) tends to be pretty expensive.
Crayolas have a pretty high wax to pigment ratio - much more wax than color - and I never did like the way that they blended because of that. It's hard to build up color layers without the texture going all gummy on you on the paper, but a lighter touch than mine probably makes them work better. I tend to press really hard, and the Crayolas just don't work like that.
I love using three-dimensional stuff in my art these days. The craft and hobby stores have all kinds of stuff that isn't very expensive (and some stuff, like the Swarovski crystals, that are a leeeeetle bit more expensive, but not too much) . Places like Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Michael's, and others all have "scrapbook" sections, and I find a LOT of my shiny bits in those areas. For the Swarovski crystals (which are actually a specific kind of glass), I've seen them mostly in the T-shirt iron-on section, but also in the bead and jewelry sections. I also discovered the local gem and mineral show a few years ago, and I get a lot of my better goodies there - cabochon-cut stones and pearls and all kinds of neat stuff like that.
LOL - The little shiny things are, in fact, three-dimensional. The scanner does a good job of picking up certain shapes' highlights and shadows.
That aside Really beautiful work. I've just started colouring with coloured pencils myself, I'm using prisma's myself and I like them but I do find that the lead breaks a fair amount. Is that just the way that I'm colouring or is that the lead itself.
LOL - Thanks!
It's not just you... Prismacolor pencils tend to be very fragile. I end up swearing a blue streak at mine at least a couple of times per coloring session.
I found a pencil sharpener that I can adjust so that it leaves a very short, sharp point that does not break quite so readily. It's called a T'gaal - they look like this: www.dickblick.com/products/hol… Dick Blick doesn't have these sharpeners in stock right now, but Amazon and some of the other art catalogues should have them.
If you can afford 'em, I definitely recommend the Caran d'Ache.
The Faber Castell Polychromos are good, but they require a light touch (very hard leads, good for light layering on white or light-colored vellum surface paper) and really can't be used over dark watercolor backgrounds (much to my dismay). I haven't played with the Derwents yet; they're going to be among my next experiments.