Hey all. I'm hoping one of the coloured pencil expert peeps can help me out here. I'm a novice coloured pencil user and I'd like to try my hand at a pet/people portrait business. I've started this pic of my friend's puppy as a practice piece, and now that I've got to the large area of white fur, I've hit a brick wall. I really need some advice on how to render white fur onto white paper. The smaller area between his eyebrows, I did with white, then added flecks of grey but I'm not sure if this would work on the much larger areas of neck and chest. I started adding in the green of the trees and grass to see if I could contrast against that and now I'm too scared to carry on as it's going so well so far and I don't want to mess it up lol.

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)

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Hi Colette, I am a beginner as well but I remember the 5 pencil method guy (I can't remember his name maybe darryl?) anyway he said that everything has a shadow so to infer white fur on white paper draw a light gray stroke under where you would put the white fur stroke to suggest its shadow. I would a try on scrap paper though to make sure this method works and doesn't just look like grey fur, sorry I haven't tried it yet. I hope a more experienced coloured pencil expert will answer you soon with a tried and true method. But I love what you have done so far, its looking great. All the best with finishing it and starting your business.

i agree although i don't know about that method. the fur looks dirty. what about skin colour and white? 

i would use the white of the paper probably and draw the rest negatively.

i'm absolutely not an expert though, just a beginner, but i'm interested to see what experts say because i am in the similar situatin, wanting to render and colour pets. 

good luck.

:-)

Hi Colette, pleased to meet you.......Cp's have been my main medium of choice for around 40 years, so I might be able to offer some help.

The white cp is one of the most problematic of all cp's, due mainly to the amount of wax used in the core. So if you can, it pays to buy the very best quality white cp.....something like Caran D'Ache Supracolour or Derwent Coloursoft. Where something like white fur is concerned and as Michele & Jess suggested, use the paper as the white and concentrate on the subtle colours & tones within the fur. This will have a far better effect than trying to lay down white cp, and trying the method on a piece of scrap is always recommended.

From what I can see you're doing fine, so you'll figure it out ok....best of luck.....Mark. :o)

Liking your pic of Archie, Colette. If this is your first attempt at using cp's then you don't have much to worry about. :o)

Like you, I have a heavy hand as well.....you can't be anything but if you want to lay down bold colours with cp's. I've found that using soft-core pencils like Coloursoft, is actually an aid for a heavy hand......you don't have to use so much muscle to get bold colours. If you want to get really sharp fine lines or for more detailed work, try using something like Derwent's Studio cp's, which come in all the same colours but have a much harder core, so they hold a point much better. (I'm sounding like Derwent salesman here...heh!)

I know what you mean about it being scary trying new techniques. I've just scared myself half to death trying my hand at crosshatching for the first time ever.....but it turned out ok. Anyway, I think everyone should do something scary at least once a week......it keeps you on your toes! :o)

Good luck with your latest drawings.

Hi Colette, Looking at the picture on the right, it seems to me that the 'white area' is in fact a very light brown. Perhaps you should use the lightest brown you have and do a very soft 'wash' and then lighten with white. Hope this helps - Brian



Jess said:

Hi Colette, I am a beginner as well but I remember the 5 pencil method guy (I can't remember his name maybe darryl?) anyway he said that everything has a shadow so to infer white fur on white paper draw a light gray stroke under where you would put the white fur stroke to suggest its shadow. I would a try on scrap paper though to make sure this method works and doesn't just look like grey fur, sorry I haven't tried it yet. I hope a more experienced coloured pencil expert will answer you soon with a tried and true method. But I love what you have done so far, its looking great. All the best with finishing it and starting your business.

Would love to see your final finished piece of work. Darrell Tank's method is just fantastic. He teaches you to caress the paper ,layering colour. If you go to his site you will learn quite a few tricks. But, having said that have you tried the stylus technique for hair highlights?

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