She Thinks Positive Journal Update: 13 October

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, Faces, Mixed Media, She thinks positive journal, Watercolor

I had another 30 minutes last night and this morning, so I could finish my girl.

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Her look said that she knows herself, so that’s what her message is. I really enjoyed my new pencils. They blend so well and you can layer and layer and achieve this wonderful smooth look. The only little thing is that it gets quite shiny at some point, but in this case I am not bothered because it’s in a journal, but if it were meant for hanging on the wall, I am not sure what I would think. That’s one thing that you do not get with Polychromos.

Here’s a detail:

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Overall, I LOVE the pencils. I love them more than Polychromos, I have to say. Next week I am going to try them on better paper. This was in Fabriano sketching journal, which has rather thin yellowish paper. I have some white cartridge paper at my other place, so I am excited to see what happens there… And tomorrow, I think, it’s back to watercolors and doodling…

She Thinks Positive Journal: WIP

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, Faces, Mixed Media, Watercolor

I am a bit frustrated because I could not find enough time to draw with my new pencils… I had less than 30 minutes this morning and I started a face in my She Thinks Positive Journal.

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It was raining this morning and it was very dark outside, so it was rather difficult to do the shading even with my lamp on. I did a light wash of watercolor and then continued with pencils on top. Here’s a close-up:

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It needs more blending obviously. I am continuing tomorrow. YAY! [happy]

New Pencils

Art Journal, Art Supplies, Colored Pencils, Faces, Play Journal

I’ve had really little time for art these past 3-4 days. I started several things, but did not finish any yet, so I have nothing to show you. Except… My new colored pencils arrived yesterday and I am super excited about them. I had just little time to try them in my play journal – started a face, very quick one, but I can tell you that even on this crappy paper the pencils behave like nothing I’ve seen until now. And I do have Faber-Castell Polychromos, which are professional pencils and very good of course, so I know what I am talking about. I am not saying Polychromos are bad, they are just different, so the comparison is not completely fair. I think that the two could work wonders in combination. I have to try.

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So, Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901… They are wax based, same as Prismacolor, just much more expensive but, I think, worth the price, judging from the first 20 minutes I used them. I cannot compare them to Prismacolors, because I have never used those. I have heard many times that people are unhappy with Prismacolors being very prone to breaking, so I did not even want to try my luck with them. These are not supposed to be breaking, according to the reviews I read. I haven’t tried sharpening them yet, so I cannot say, but will let you know.

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What I can say is that they are super soft and creamy and that they blend miraculously well even on this paper which is not meant for drawing at all. They cover the surface very quickly and with bright colors, and seem to last very long – after what I did, they seem hardly used at all. I kind of expected that they would be shrinking very fast judging from the amount of pigment they leave on paper. And there are so many colors (76) that I am positively overwhelmed. I hope that I will have some more time tomorrow morning to explore….

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