Thursday, September 8, 2011

Broccoli Leaf - Ink and Colored Pencil - Advice?

I am working on a broccoli leaf in ink and colored pencil, but am having trouble with the color. 
The leaf is actually sort of bluish-gray/green with an almost chalky look to it. I can't seem to find any pencils in my current stash to render it correctly. I am using Faber Castell Polychromos and so far on this have used light green, permanent green olive and chrome green oxide. 
I have many layers to go yet, but this shows you the initial stages of shading. The stem and underside of this particular leaf were more in the sun and do indeed have a yellow-green hue, but the top part of the leaf is almost a white-gray-blue-green. I am trying to figure out what colors to use in addition to how best to layer them. It will take some experimenting, for sure! And perhaps a purchase of some additional pencils.
Do you have any advice on how to get the blend of colors right? I'd love to hear from you!
I will keep plugging away and post more in-progress updates as they develop. Thanks!


Melody said...

Oddly purplish something is my first thought... I can see the color you want in my minds eye... Nice leaf by the way! :))) I'll be curious to learn what colors it ends up being! :))))

Carol Creech said...

Thanks, Melody! Yes, I'll be curious to see how I end up creating the color! I will definitely post updates.

artbylmr said...

I am following your blog now Carol! You will get the color - I have no doubt!

Carol Creech said...

Thanks, Lynne! I just got the pencils the other day...might have time tonight or tomorrow to play around. I am anxious to see if I can come close!!

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