Friday, March 23, 2012

"Bowl Of Cherries" Day Three

Today I completed the woodwork on the deck rail.  For the wood I burnished the layered colors with a burnishing pencil and then used a black raspberry Prisma Premier colored pencil to add details and some additional shadowing.  I also completed the tablecloth on top of the table, after applying several layers of oranges and reds I burnished the layers with a burnishing pencil and then I used the tip of an Xacto knife blade to scratch a scored design.  Once again, I sprayed the finished work with workable fixative (meaning I can color over the fixative once it has dried to make any wanted changes).

With the completion of the woodwork I decided my next move would be to work on the lad's shirt, so I used the knife blade to cut away the masking paper leaving the shirt exposed and ready for coloring.  I felt a plain shirt was just .... well, too plain ... and I added a little celtic design to add some character.  Kids love to wear clothing with some fun design.   

First I colored in the design and then added a layer of light blue to the shirt, I burnished the blue using a white colored Prisma Premier pencil.  Slowly I added more layers of deeper blues, burnishing each of those layers (lightly) with a burnishing pencil, after which I applied a light coat of workable fixative.   The following is the result of all of today's efforts .....


I'm not sure where I will go tomorrow ... the boy or the bowl of cherries ... hmmm, something to ponder while I study the piece tonight.

Remember, if you want detailed instructions for using these techniques, refer to "Colored Pencil Painting Bible" (Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Unltrarealistic Effects) by Alyona Nickelsen at

Happy Day!
Karen Anne Brady


  1. Wow this is beautiful Karen Anne! I love the Celtic design in his shirt and the beautiful detail in the wood! You are amazing, this is gonna be gorgeous! Deb

  2. Oh Deb, so glad you like it! You know what is really funny ... today I had decided the shirt needed a design, my first thought was Gecko! So I started looking through all my old sketches and came across the celtic designs first and thought that would be cool too .... in essence celtic aced out gecko!

    If I draw another picture that has a shirt that needs a design ... I promise I'll go for gecko! LOL!

  3. I love, love, love these posts on colored pencils ... I can't tell you how many colored pencils I have ... a ton of them ... and they are watercolor pencils ... I just haven't been able to use them as I should. Your posts are wonderful, thanks a bunch.

    Happiness to all.

  4. Hi ArtSings, I'm glad these posts are helpful. But, I am using regular colored pencils with a wax core (some colored pencils are made with oil cores); water color pencils have a water soluble core so the effects may different ... just something to keep in mind

  5. I agree with Deb, this is gonna be gorgeous ;o) I read your comment back to Deb, and I thought, you could have a gecko coming out of the bowl of cherries, looking at the boy ;o) LOL! Maybe for your next drawing ;o) You know, the one thing I don't understand is about the scratching a design, with the Xacto knife. I thought that would ruin the paper? I guess I am wrong! Hugs my friend ;o)

  6. Hi Stacy! I am using Stonehenge paper and it is kinda thick, so you would have to gouge deeply to hurt it. Surface scratches don't harm it at all. Using a knife in this manner actually has a name, it is Sgraffito rendering or technique.

  7. You are very welcome Stacy ... I am just glad I can share what I learn ... hopefully, it helps.


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