Burnished Colored Pencil Painting

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The eyes have the power to speak a great language. What do you feel when you see his eyes?

Prismacolor pencils were used on this painting. The translucent properties of colored pencils permit strokes to be layered on top of one another, from dark to light. When applied in this manner, the darker colors will show through the lighter ones. This process is repeated until the paper surface is 2/3 covered with pigment, still allowing the paper surface to show through.

Next, a white pencil or burnishing pencil is used with heavy pressure to blend  or burnish the layered colors together. Then the same colors are re-layered over the burnished layer of color. The process of layering and burnishing is repeated until the paper surface is completely covered with colored pencil pigment.

(All material that appears on this blog is owned and copyright by Connie Gildersleeve)

 

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