Here are several progress photos that showed how I created this blue monkey drawing!
This is a 5" x 7" colored pencil drawing on white 300lb Fabriano hot-pressed paper.
I started by sketching ideas in my sketchbook, then carefully transferring my outline to my drawing paper. My goal was to create a whimsical piece with a background inspired by Indian miniatures.
First I drew my main subject, a blue monkey playing a sitar while sitting on a branch, with a little yellow bird watching:
Then I started on the background. I needed to show that he was high up in the tree, and I wanted to make it nighttime. The blue smudgy semi-circle is a partial outline of a full moon. I decided it was not quite the right time to work on the sky yet, better do the leaves first:
More leaves and vines added below. The trick was to make the top layer of foliage look like it was brightened by moonlight, with the layers underneath in shadow. I studied some Indian miniatures to see how they did this, and gave it my best shot.
Thanks for sharing. I often get overwhelmed when using colored-pencil because I am not very good at achieving layers. I guess the only way I will get there is by practicing. Thanks a lot!
Thanks, Carla. I plan to upload more tutorials and works-in-progress when I have time. I use a lot of layers in my colored pencil art, because it is only with layers that I can achieve the look that I want (of very thick color, almost painterly).
You will indeed get the hang of layering with practice. :) It took a lot of practice before I got to the point where I learned just how many layers, and how much pressure, to apply. But it's different for every artist - some like more layers, some like less, so it's all up to personal preference.
Another technique I've heard about to achieve that painterly quality is to use solvents. There's a thread on it in the Colored Pencil forum: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/using-solvents-to-blend I plan to try it someday.
I've had issues achieving the right layers with colored pencil as well. This tutorial really helps with this and gives me more of an idea of what to do. And, I'm madly in love with the leaves and vines!
I, too, am in love with the leaves and how she gave the illusion of the vine to "pop" forward.
thanx thaneeya for ur tutorial....its really very nice work,i luv all colors in ur drawing.you know i am very fond of whimsical art n want to do it.....i did it but not sure about it