Sunday, November 1, 2009

Experimenting with Caran d'Ache

Started with a quick crayon sketch in Caran d'Ache. Didn't like it so I washed it out with water. Then Went on top of the faint marks left with ink using a nib pen. Used some ink washes with a brush and then added some watercolor to have warms and cools present for balance.





These first two were done simultaneously compensating for drying time. Started with a quick Caran d'Ache sketch. Used water to soften the overall feel. Went back into it with more Caran d'Ache, a different color blue, red, and black to pull the drawing back out. Then used a little water to smooth any areas I felt needed it. Finished with white Caran d'Ache to bring out the eye highlights.




This was my warm up before I got to the previous sketches. Started with Caran d'Ache. Softened it with water. Added warms with watercolor. Quick defining with ink nib pen and brush. More watercolor to build up more form in the face. Got out white gouache and fixed any incorrect areas that needed to be brought out of shadow to reinforce it's form. Once I scanned the image into the computer I brought it into Photoshop and fixed some proportion problems that came into play because of the angle I was working.

Hope this has been informative. I know I LOVE seeing peoples processes :]

7 comments:

Laureline said...

These are great! I love seeing your process---thanks so much for these and the Sotomayor post!

HaraldSiepermann said...

Great stuff Kendra, love it!H

Annis Naeem said...

THanks for stopping by Kendra.
Great stuff. Neat style!

Brandon said...

Judging by your posts you sound like you may have some connections to Ringling. I'm a graduate from there myself. Worked with Octavio Perez when he was at St. Petersburg times. Your drawing and illustrations skills are wonderful!

Tel Coelho said...

Great works here!!!
congrats!!!

Kendra Melton said...

Thanks guys!!!

Brandon - Thanks, Yup I'm a Ringling grad alright, a VERY recent grad, just this past May in fact. Still trying to find my way in this crazy art world :] (Perez is awesome!)

Daron said...

nice! I like how you explained the process