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Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 4 Months ago  
This tutorial comes courtesy of Kirsty Ann Kutch via www.about.com

Step One: With a color photocopy of a reference photo, she rearranged and cropped elements of the poppy composition. Using an HB pencil and light pressure, she drew the composition onto four-ply, 100% cotton museum board (frequently found among framing supplies.)


Step Two: Using very light pressure, she started applying the first colored pencil layer, adding more emphasis where the values will be deeper. Note that the pencil application still appears granular and that the texture of the museum board is still visible.


Step Three:
To create the veins in the leaves and the fuzzy texture of the pod and stem, as well as the individual strands of stamens, she puts down a sheet of translucent drafting paper. (Heavy tracing paper works as well.) With a very sharp 7H graphite pencil and heavy pressure, she drew the lines for veins, fuzz, and stamens on the drafting paper, impressing them into the surface of the museum board. Following that step with a contrasting layer of darker color, these features show up dramatically on the leaves, stem, pod, and center of the flower. She also added deeper values of rose in the shadowed areas of the flower petals.


Step Four:
To intensify the colors and to make them appear less granular, she began blending with a clear, alcohol-based blending marker. The solvent within dissolved the binder (which may be wax or vegetable oil) in the colored pencil layer, releasing the pigment in a fluid manner. This also helped to "fill in" the flecks of the tooth of the paper, making the color appear more dense.


Step Five:
She continued intensifying the color, using a non-pigmented blending pencil over a previous layer; then she repeated a layer or two of color, much like a "color sandwich". This process is called "burnishing" and can be repeated for subsequent layering of color, like a double-decker or triple-decker sandwich. The rich, dark negative space was done in this manner, layering colors and burnishing, then repeating the colors for a deep, rich saturation. The deep, smeary flecks of pollen were rendered by heavily applying "freckles" of burgundy, then slightly smudging them with the tip of a blending marker. Finally, a few of the tiny wisps of fuzz on the pod and stem were scratched carefully into the board with a sharp X-acto knife, to achieve a striking contrast of light against the deep background.
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Re: Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 4 Months ago  
Very nice progress pics!
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Re: Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 4 Months ago  
Yes, I thought it was simply shown and explained.
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Re:Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thank you Cathy. This Tutorial is lovely and I will certainly have a go at it.

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Re:Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 4 Months ago  
I love poppies, must do one soon. Thought people could have a go at this as it looks relatively simple.
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Re:Colored Pencil Poppy Tutorial 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Looks really pretty. Always nice to see how somebody else builds up a piece.
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