Ever heard the expression ‘all the gear and no idea’? That was me………………

So now I had all the ‘stuff’ and I had done a few initial pencil sketches, I had coloured in lots of squares and read a few books.  Now what?  Well, dear reader, I copied a picture – shock, horror!  Actually, it is not so bad, lots of artists copy/copied other artists, it’s a great way to learn, at least you know what you are trying to make it look like, which is a help.  Back to my trusty ‘Colored Pencil Solution Book’ where I found helpful instructions on how to colour a day lily (Hemerocallis).

How to portray a Daylily Instruction Page

Instruction Page

In the back of the book there was a line drawing to photocopy and I then used tracing paper to transfer it to drawing paper.

Photocopied line drawing of daylily

Photocopied line drawing

Interestingly, the dark values are applied first which was a surprise to me, and then gradually lighter and lighter colours are applied, until a final going over with the palest colour (leaving the highlights uncoloured).

Finished Daylily

Finished Daylily

It was interesting to follow instructions, and I learned loads.  It is really important to look at the values and to establish the darks and lights against each other.

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2 thoughts on “Ever heard the expression ‘all the gear and no idea’? That was me………………

  1. Angie Sotiropoulos

    Very interesting about the applying the darkest colour first. I started to think about how I apply my colour and realized that I actually start in the mid to darks first. I always thought I started with my lightest as well. I like how you “break down” your learning. I’ve been trying to do more of this also. Makes sense to work on a copy of a lily, for example, when you are trying to concentrate on learning about colour. There is no getting obsessed with ‘oh I rendered that shape wrong’ to distract from the goal in that session. Lovely blog by the way.

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