My main medium was colored pencils. For this project I thought I'd go back to using my wax based Prismacolor set. Besides being fun to blend because I always end up having a thick layer of wax on the paper because of wax blooming, Prismacolor pencils are also a bit more vibrant in color, hence less effort to color. I always use a blender when blending and, whenever I do so, I notice that the color also deepen more after I blend.
After applying the colors on most of the image, and leaving the jewelry drawings and other designs for final ink touch ups, I started to work on the background.
|Started to work on the background with a pale yellow color using the pencil flicking technique|
|The darker shade was applied using cross hatching technique in different directions.|
I'm always very discerning of the color value and shade I want to achieve. If an area needs to be erased or darkened to achieve gradation in the colors then I stop blending first to put more wax lines for blending.
|Blending as I go|
In this video http://youtu.be/89vNDudPZO0 I'm simply showing how to apply an even background using the flick technique. The time lapse video doesn't show it very much but the flicking technique is something that tests one's patience because it's slow and rhythmic. I find it best to use this technique for backgrounds because it helps me avoid rushing into coloring and prevents me from erasing mistakes which can be costly when working on backgrounds.
In this other video http://youtu.be/FfyhhrO4Z2Y I'm doing the cross hatching from the edge of the paper to the center. Burnt sienna and dark yellow are mixed for even blending.
For the border I used a Chameleon black marker and applied the lines and dots using the brush tip.
Oh! I almost left out the fun part, the glitters! For this I used Wink of Stella brush, both gold and clear. The clear is the most fun since I can apply it on any part of the image and the pencils are unmoved by the wet brush tip. The glitters just sit there until it is absorbed which is instantly. It was like playing with nail polish!
I'm quite happy with the end product although to be honest I could've planned the color scheme better. Oh well, at least it's done, I'm quite satisfied, and I can move on to another work after three days of working on this on and off.