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Smile of Autumn by bm23 Smile of Autumn by bm23
I'd like to thank :iconlonelypierot: for allowing me to use her beautiful photo as reference.

So, first attempt at a color pencil portrait. I did play around with colors in a couple of works but none of them was serious (except for an incomplete drawing, which really doesn't count =P), and none required this level of shading. The transition from graphite pencil to color pencil is like going from English to binary. With graphite, I could vary the shades of each pencil to a great extent but with color pencils (at least my kind of color pencils), there are only a couple of shades that each color will be able to produce. This kinda throw me off track since shading becomes less of varying the pressure applied, and more of choosing the color used. Sounds intuitive but it's a big change from graphite. The pencil strokes also had to be changed because blending isn't really an option with color pencil (I know you can, but it's not as effective as graphite).

The initial part of the drawing was just a lot of trials and errors, testing out different shading techniques. I'm not a fan of preparation so I basically colored the paper right away, without testing out on scrap paper first. I guess I'm very lucky the drawing turned out the way it did =P

This was done with Faber Castell 48 colors set, which I got for 12USD. I guess you get what you pay for since the coloring process was far from smooth sailing. After 2 layers of coloring, the colors stopped blending properly. The lead felt kinda plastic-ey. I'm not sure if that's true for all color pencils though (if you have experience with other kind of pencils, do enlighten me :))

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20cm x 24cm Daler Rowney 220g/m2
Faber Castell 48 classic colors
I'd say it's a bit more than 20 hours
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I hope you guys like it and thanks for any fav. I may receive :hug:
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's still beautifull.. even though you don't have the colour pencils you like. How about you try some Faber-castell Polychromos colourpencils? In a bit of an art store you can buy them by the piece, and just pick your colours. My friend Hadas :iconhadas64: got me onto them. Check out her work.. she's the master of colours, her blending techniques with these pencils are amazing./ She only uses 6 colours. Then blends away with them. Might be something you like? :D
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bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: I've actually been by the art store and was very tempted to buy the color pencils individually but not being experienced with colors, I didn't buy them. I didn't know which color I'd need. One of these days I may get myself a starter set and work from there. Anyway, I dropped by your friend's gallery, and wow. She really does have some great drawings! The details and consistency are really good :)
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hadas64 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Lou, dear Lou
are you nice or are you nice :tighthug:
I'm the one who needs to be poked now, not finding the time end energy to draw :(
but it will pass I'm sure :)
over here the new year will begin exactly in one hour and two minutes so a very happy new year to you my dear friend and every body around you :love:
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ColdSkys Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
how crazy sexy is this? VERY SEXY AND CRAZY GOOD . i love this work. keep up the great amazing work!
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bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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pat71art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Stunning! Great coloring!
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bm23 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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sDoost Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work ;)
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bm23 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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sDoost Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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