Process

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Here is the very beginnings of color layering on the Harebells (Campanula rotundifolia). One important thing I have learned at SBAI is that color pencil drawings\paintings slowly—and I mean slowly— come into focus. After creating various color test swatches I start to lay down very light layers of color—blues, yellows, violets, and greens, and with every additional layer I begin to gradually sharpen the image. It takes patience, without worrying about how clunky the early image looks. Eventually I will switch to Verithins, which have much harder leads and much sharper points. I usually end the process with a 2H graphite pencil to really sharpen edges and deepen the darks. Slowly . . . I’ll follow up as I get further on down the road.