February 01, 2017
Colored Pencil Magazine has a monthly art challenge, which I recently discovered. The squirrel above (photo taken by Sally Robertson) is for the January Challenge. I am still a beginner when it comes to colored pencils. I've used them to draw my Christmas cards, but not much else. I'm looking forward to participating in this art challenge every month to get more familiar with different techniques. The photo below shows the beginning stages of my drawing, about 3 hours of work. The major part of the beginning stages is measuring and getting the basics down on paper with the correct proportions. The shiny part of the drawing is a piece of frisket, which is used anywhere you wish to keep the paper clean. It is helpful when drawing backgrounds around your main subject (especially when using graphite or charcoal). Once the background is drawn in, I can peel off the frisket and continue with drawing the squirrel.
I've started with the wood deck behind the squirrel. The wood grain will be the trickiest part for me. I'm working with the colors I have and wish I had a few lighter shades of brown and gray, but I am improvising with some light blue, light peach and light yellow. The photo below is about 5 hours of drawing time. The deadline for the art challenge is February 10th. Many more hours will be put in before I will call this one done.
The other great thing about this monthly art challenge is, at the end of the year, if you participate in all the challenges, you can claim a free digital subscription to Colored Pencil Magazine. If you would like to also participate, you can find the challenge here. I will post an update of this squirrel drawing next week. Enjoy the rest of your week,
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