Created by: Johanne Climaco
Project

Latest Colour Pencil Drawings

I use predominantly Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. They have great texture and blend incredibly well. But they are luminous, so the brighter colours aren't that strong. It becomes challenging to draw highlights because the lighter colours aren't able to draw over darker ones (assuming you've made a mistake and darkened an area more than you intended). So most of the pictures I've copied have high contrast lighting to practice getting the highlight effect right. In my later drawings, I have purchased the much more opaque Caran d'Ache Luminance for the whites, cream, and lighter flesh tones like Burnt Ochre 10% and Burnt Ochre 50% to complement the weakness of the Polychromos. The two brands work together since Polychromos excel with the darker colour range, while the Luminance pencils are great for the lighter/brighter colour range. The one of Fed was more on practicing extreme facial expressions to see if I can still capture the likeness; while the one of Bolt's was to practice drawing a different angle of a person's face. Because I have been reading Andrew Loomis' book "Drawing The Head And Hands", some of my source photos I picked had hands displayed (so I can practice more exercises per source photo). The subjects I drew are the ff: 1) Usain Bolt 2) Stana Katic 3) Bruce Lee 4) Joey and Jackie Attard (My friends from Australia. The drawing was my Christmas gift to them when I traveled to there a few months ago.) 5) Carrie Fisher 6) Roger Federer

You Can Make This

Johanne Climaco made Latest Colour Pencil Drawings with:

Radiant Portraits in Colored Pencil

Online Class

Radiant Portraits in Colored Pencil

with Kerry Brooks

  • Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Caran d'Ache Luminance
  • Clairfontaine A4 Drawing Paper (250 gsm)

Project Description

I use predominantly Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. They have great texture and blend incredibly well. But they are luminous, so the brighter colours aren't that strong. It becomes challenging to draw highlights because the lighter colours aren't able to draw over darker ones (assuming you've made a mistake and darkened an area more than you intended). So most of the pictures I've copied have high contrast lighting to practice getting the highlight effect right. In my later drawings, I have purchased the much more opaque Caran d'Ache Luminance for the whites, cream, and lighter flesh tones like Burnt Ochre 10% and Burnt Ochre 50% to complement the weakness of the Polychromos. The two brands work together since Polychromos excel with the darker colour range, while the Luminance pencils are great for the lighter/brighter colour range. The one of Fed was more on practicing extreme facial expressions to see if I can still capture the likeness; while the one of Bolt's was to practice drawing a different angle of a person's face. Because I have been reading Andrew Loomis' book "Drawing The Head And Hands", some of my source photos I picked had hands displayed (so I can practice more exercises per source photo). The subjects I drew are the ff: 1) Usain Bolt 2) Stana Katic 3) Bruce Lee 4) Joey and Jackie Attard (My friends from Australia. The drawing was my Christmas gift to them when I traveled to there a few months ago.) 5) Carrie Fisher 6) Roger Federer

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Skill Level

Intermediate