Can I seal the finished pencil work with clear acrylic? In this work I can still see the light spots on the paper, and if I keep going it gets muddy and details get lost. Is it right to show marks? I would appreciate a bit of advice about working with light and darks too. 

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 I use felt-tip, pen or watercolor to wash over areas that I want to look opaque or have more punch. Or I use a blending or barnishing pencil to blend the colored pencil layers. It depends on the look you are going for,light and soft or powerful and defined. Personally, I would make the middle bit more defined and keep the wood soft just for the contrast and I would make one side darker to bring out where your light source is coming from. I don't know anything about sealing a picture and am looking forward to some advice. 

I have to agree with Sharon on her comments and would add this. There is a spray fixative that has been recommended to me for colored pencils, chalks,pastels etc. I have sprayed clear acrylic on pen before and the pen ran. I personally will not do that again but maybe someone else can recommend something that would work? I use spray fixative on mine and haven't had any problems with it. As far as showing the pencil marks goes, that is up to you. Some people like it, some don't. I know there is at least one art teacher in this group so hopefully they will see this and give some input. :)

Thanks Sharon and n gresham. I have always had a problem with light. Even with all the still life cones and squares i still can't see light direction in open air. I looked up the term "burnishing" and found some good tips from Prisma there too. Like a treasure hunt. ;)  I saw they have some kind of special art eraser for prisma too. I will have to read that again. lots of reading..ah..............

 

Have you tried the solvents yet? They are really cool! There are some really great books available on cps. If you have a book store available it would be nice so you could glance through them before buying though because there are some that are not as great as well. Have fun! n.

Unruly Orange said:

Thanks Sharon and n gresham. I have always had a problem with light. Even with all the still life cones and squares i still can't see light direction in open air. I looked up the term "burnishing" and found some good tips from Prisma there too. Like a treasure hunt. ;)  I saw they have some kind of special art eraser for prisma too. I will have to read that again. lots of reading..ah..............

 

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