Monday, December 1, 2008

Art Whatever No. 2

Hello. Sorry I haven't been on in a while but I've been totally swamped with school and work so I haven't had much time to post. Right now I'm working on a project that I am trying to bring back, as I haven't had the opportunity. I'll see if I can post a separate post so anyone can help me with it by critiqueing it. It is a self-portrait of myself using oil pastels. This has to be my favorite self-portrait ever and one of my favorite pieces. I'm kind of at a bump in the road with it because I'm not entirely sure about what I should do for my background but I haven't given up. Speaking of, I would like to ask anyone who uses color pencils as a medium for advice. A classmate of mine decided to use color pencils as her medium for her portrait. It looks way awesome and I have to give her a lot of credit, as I practically suck in that medium. Anyways, she has been uber frustrated lately (so much that it shows and being the great artist that she is, is surprising) because the paper that she used doesn't have enought tooth or something so she can't add more color to her piece. Too much waxy build up I believe. Our teacher helped her today but she doesn't look to optimistic. Anyways, all I ask for is advice for her so that she may work with that or around it or any methods to use. The Spain Park Winter Art Show is next week so it would be nice for her to be finished by then and better for me because I'll have some competition. Hopefully, I'll be able to go help out at the MANDATORY meeting and take a sneek peek at the scores on my pieces. For now, I have to get back to my current piece so til tomorrow night....Wait, scrap that. I can't even go to the meeting now that I think about it. Work. But I will post.


Victoria said...

I wanted to offer an idea for your friend, it does sound like the pencils and paper haven’t married well together. Without knowing what paper she has used, I would offer that she try a colorless blender specifically created for waxy pencils. There is one that I’ve used by the company National, it has a regular point at one end and a fine point at the other end. Although, I’m sure there are many other brands out there- you could do a search on color pencil blenders. The “magic” stuff that’s inside helps to eat away and thin out the wax making it easier to work with and blend.
Very BEST wishes on your winter art show!!!! Can’t wait to see your finished self-portrait!

Karol said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a pretty new artist and I don't have a lot of advice on papers. I have only been using one so far. It is Strathmore Vellum Bristol. I am very pleased with how it holds color. I can suggest some things about waxy build up. One, layer your colors lightly until you are ready to make them more permanent then "burnish" by coloring harder to meld the colors together. I can only suggest once they are waxy is to use a good kneadable eraser and lift some of the color and then work lightly. I have learned most of my techniques and fixes through trial and error. I will also say that if she has a problem area and cannot remove color a very fine 400 grit sandpaper lightly will remove a problem area. If it is a very small area you can use a hole punch and punch out a small circle, glue circle to bottom of pencil and use to sand in small areas. That has worked for me. Also, as Victoria suggested, if she is wanting to blend color without adding more color itself, it is good to use a colorless blender such as Prismacolor's PC1077 Colorless Blender.

I hope some of this may help. Please pass along to her.

Karol :0)

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