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November 2012 -- Wolves



  • Behind the Art:
    Wolf in Acrylic
  • Artist Spotlight:
    Interview with Jenny Heidewald


  • Stop! Thieves!
  • Wolves and Wild Dogs
  • Creating Rocks Using Colored Pencil

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  • Creating Rocks Using Colored Pencil
    by Carol Moore

    Rocks -- they seem easy to recreate, but in fact consist of many different textures, colors and their own unique properties. When creating images of rocks, it helps to have knowledge or familiarity with the type of rocks that you wish to create, and good references to go by. If you want the rocks to have a fantasy, Celtic or Native American theme you need to do some research and study those types for rocks and find good references as well.

    I used a variety of color pencil techniques on the following piece, "Bear Creek". The background is from my imagination. I used a reference photo by Salsola Stock for the rocks and creek.

    Materials and Tools

    Prismacolor Pencils: cream, beige, blush pink, goldenrod, violet, salmon pink, blue slate, burnt ochre, putty beige, black grape, light umber, black, vermilion red, sepia, rose pink, sky blue, jade green, cloud blue, cool greys: 10% and 70%, Warm grey 30%, French greys: 20%, 50%, 70% and 90%.

    Cotton swabs
    Pencil sharpener
    Turpenoid Natural
    Eraser (I use a Pentel Click Eraser)
    Paper (I used Strathmore Aquarius II)
    Brush (to wipe away debris)

    Step 1

    Determine the base colors for your rocks.

    After I have completed my sketch, I began to layer cream, beige, and 10% cool grey. I applied 10% cool grey to the shadow areas, cream, and beige to the light areas. Next, I began to work on the details, highlights, and defining the Native American pictograph bear shapes on two of the rocks by adding layers of putty beige, goldenrod, blush pink, blue slate, warm grey 30%, and French grey 20%.
    Note: Make sure you continuously brush away pencil debris and erase graphite pencil lines as you go.

    Step 2

    Define the structures of the rocks.

    I begin darkening shadows, details and defining the structure of the rocks and the Native American pictograph bear shapes, by using black grape, violet, warm grey 30%, French grey 50% and 70%. Next, I worked on the mid-tones and highlights by adding more layers to the various rocks using blush pink, cream, goldenrod, salmon pink, burnt ochre, French grey 20% and 30%, light umber and blue slate. I then add a light layer of vermilion red on the large rock in the highlight areas.

    Step 3

    Darken up shadows and details.

    I continue darkening up shadows, defining the structures, textures and details of the rocks by adding layers of black grape, light umber, blue slate, black and French grey 70%. After many layers have been built up, I begin blending the colors with turpenoid natural using a cotton swab.

    Step 4

    Continue darkening shadows and details, and forming the water near the rocks.

    Next, I continue to add layers of black grape, French grey 70% and 90%, blue slate, sepia, burnt ochre, and black to the rocks. Then I take turpenoid natural and blend the areas of the rocks again. I begin to form the edge of the water around the rocks by adding layers of cream, cool grey 10%, light umber, black grape and rose pink.

    Final Step

    Darken areas and form the water.

    Continue to darken up shadows with black, black grape and French grey 70%. Add another layer of goldenrod and blush pink to highlights. Continue to form the water around the rocks using jade green, goldenrod, cream, blush pink, blue slate, light umber, sky blue, cloud blue, violet, beige, cool grey 10% and French grey 20%.

    Here is the finished picture, "Bear Creek".

    Thanks for following along, and keep on creating!

    Previously published on her website.

    You can check out Carol's works, tutorials, tips and techniques at the following sites:

    Carol Moore is a self-taught color pencil artist. She has been working with color pencil for over 25+ years. She has always had a passion to draw and paint subjects she loves and is passionate about. Her works comprise of a variety of subjects - fantasy, emotional, inspirational, florals, landscapes and animals.

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