Portraits in Coloured Pencil, Toowoomba, August
Saturday & Sunday August 21-22
Murray's Art & Framing
485 Ruthven St
Portraits of humans and/or animals are the focus for this weekend workshop using colour pencils. Learn about facial anatomy, creating skin tones and how to realistically portray all the individual features of a face and hair. For those who would prefer drawing animal portraits (or birds/fowls), the techniques of building up fur, hair or feathers will be covered. Ideally this workshop is designed for those with some experience (even a little) using colour pencils.
Jan has been using and teaching coloured pencils in classes for the past 24 years and she will generously share with you all the information she has garnered from her experience.
You will be surprised by the endless possibilities this medium has to offer!
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What To Bring:
Coloured Pencils As many colours as you can afford (24 at the least, but preferably more).
The brands I recommend are Prismacolor; Polychromos; Albrecht Durer or Derwent Coloursoft;
But do avoid any children’s or student’s coloured pencils or you will end up very frustrated with their limited potential. (Pencils may be water soluble). Also a Prismacolor Colourless Blender
- Graphite (lead) Pencil B or 2B
- Kneadable eraser, ruler
Sharpener I recommend the desk type rotary sharpeners. (Avoid the ones with a suction cup on the bottom.) They cost about $40--$50, but are well worth the expense. Otherwise, the small, all metal sharpeners will do. Buy the pencils first and then check that they will fit the holes in the sharpener
- 1 sheet graphite transfer paper
- Drawing board eg, an MDF board or similar, (must be smooth) Bring along something to prop up one end of the board so that you can work with the board slanted upwards.
- Masking tape
- New soft bristle brush 2” wide or larger. For brushing away pencil crumbs.
- Small synthetic paintbrush for using with solvent.
- A ‘dud’ photograph or transparency For using under your drawing hand to prevent smudging your masterpiece.
Paper. Any good quality drawing paper at least 160 gsm. Tiziano/Mi Tientes pastel paper a neutral grey, cream or brown or Hot pressed watercolour paper or Stonehenge paper is also recommended. You will need a couple sheets for the workshop, but make sure they are A4 size or larger.
- Optional extras Solvent. ‘Zest it’ is probably the best. (I will bring some for you to try out.) Battery operated eraser Pencil extenders.
- Reference material I will supply a range of references for this workshop, but you are welcome to bring other copyright free photographs of loved ones or pets etc. They need to be very sharp in focus, cropped to just the face and neck/shoulders and be large enough to see all the detail. You will need a colour version and a photocopy (b&w or colour.)