Today I added more shadowing to the face, along with more details (eye lashes, eye brows, etc.). Added the hair and completed his "Cherry Earring"! I have to admit, however, that when it came to the hair I did use brown, black and orange ink pens to achieve the fineness of the strands of hair, in addition to the colored pencil layers. I didn't do any blending in the hair because I like the strands to show ... to me it provides a more natural look and feeling.
Next I decided to work on just the bowl that holds the cherries. For a reference I pulled out an old bowl that has been in the family for eons! From since I can remember, Jim's Mom would fill it will whole nuts at Christmas Time and it would be sitting on the coffee table during the entire Christmas Season offering up tasty nuts of all kinds with several sets of nut crackers.
Anyway, back to the drawing, I completed the bowl with several layers of brown shades and some yellow and ochre....then I used a "stub" (a paper stick that has been tightly rolled and sharpened on each end) to burnish the multiple layers.
Tomorrow I will begin working on the cherries, Jim's parents had many cherry trees in their backyard; I liked the flavor of the Bing cherries best, but the beautiful colors in the Royal Ann cherries has always intrigued me, so I will be filling this bowl with Royal Ann's!
As an aside, today I contacted Alyona Nickelsen to make sure it was OK to be referencing her name, her book, and her website in my blog. I was quite delighted when she responded back and said it was fine for me to do so. She is quite a remarkable woman!
That said, if you like working with colored pencils it would be a wonderful asset to your art library to purchase her book "Colored Pencil Painting Bible" (Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Unltrarealistic Effects) by Alyona Nickelsen at BrushAndPencil.com. Her blog also has available a wonderful wealth of information, be sure to check it out!
Karen Anne Brady