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Tangerines and Tutorial

Tangerines, 4" x 5" in Blick Artists' colored pencils on paper. Photo reference by Patty_S from WetCanvas.com for the August Colored Pencils Challenge. The reference was in grayscale, so I had fun coming up with the colors from memory.

I also wrote it up as a four step demo project and posted the tutorial at HubPages. How to Draw Tangerines with Colored Pencils goes into the process in detail. It's a bit simpler than the method in Masterful Color, but still came out well and ought to come out well for a beginner.

If you try it, please let me know! Message me with a link to your post so that I can see your version. I always like to see if my tutorials are useful and get feedback on them.
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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Hi Robert

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my painting for the Blick catalogue :-)

I love painting tangerines with their leaves but, unfortunately, I can't seem to get them here in France (only once so far). Good job on these from a black and white photo :-)
When I use coloured pencils I never use white paper, I buy Canson tinted paper, usually a shade of brown (from beige to burnt sienna) then you can really get the highlights to work and they pop out straight away. This is the way I work in oils too.

Paul Coventry-Brown
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you! Seeing your paintings has tempted me to actually do oils. I've put it off for a long time though I have good supplies. Now that you've reminded me what can be done with it, I think I can stand the wait for layers to dry.

That's interesting to use tinted paper. I love the Stonehenge paper, but it comes in a good fawn color too so I don't have to stick to white. They even came out with an assorted colors pad now, so that's great. I like the smooth side of Canson mi-Tientes too.
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