Let’s start with another colored pencil piece! Here we have another Safe Haven resident, although I can’t tell which lovely tiger this is! *I’m sure I’ll find out soon* Anyways….I am using a combination of color pencil brands for this piece. Prismacolor Pencils & Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils. I’m really falling for the Polychromos! They are a harder lead, which mean excellent for the fine detail work & I don’t have to sharpen the pencils are often. Plus, the two brands work well together.
To start, here is the reference photo I am using for this piece. I will be doing this on some the paper, Stonehenge 11×14 white paper, the size of this piece is roughly 10×9. I am using a lot of colors, so I won’t list them off here. But…I will include a photo of them in the next post so you see exactly what I have at hand.
Let’s begin 🙂
First thing I do is make a nice light graph on my drawing paper and lightly put in my outline. It’s hard to tell but I put in a lot more detail in the outline for this piece. Especially in the whiskers. Later on in the piece, this will become extremely helpful.
Starting with the eye, I really focus on this area the most first. Since the eye has been considered the ‘way to the sou’, it helps me really feel a deep sense of life in the drawing by starting with the eye first. With this, I go in lightly. Once I get a good portion of the greeens and yellows in, I put in a soft layer of black and darken it over time with the rest of the eye before moving on. After the first layer of the eye goes in, I blend it out with OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits), and the next layer in. At times I do more than one layer of OMS, in this case I do that as well but with the black more than anything else.
Once the eye is finished, I spread my wings (so to speak) and add in more the fur colors. I also start the background as well. Just a light layer of blue to balance out the orange better. I am using more than just straight orange in this piece. It’s a combination of oranges, yellows, browns, and greys (specifically Prismacolor 70% French Grey). I go back and forth around the face to build up the colors. I work on the fur under the eye the most at first to really figure out the best way to use the colors I have. I keep my strokes light and in the direction of the fur.
At this point more of the face has been put in. I have light layers in before I go in with the OMS to blend the colors out. I go back and forth to areas to balance out all of the colors. Since there are so many variations of colors and thickness, at this point I am still slowly building up my layers. Working from light to dark, as always. I also have better defined the background at this point. I have it fading to black so the blue isn’t to distracting.
Stay tuned for the finale! Hope to finish up this piece before the beginning of October. I always have a painting I am working on of a male tiger named Ifaw. I will be posting this process as well soon!
If you are interested in Tiger Eye, let me know! 40% of the price goes to Safe Haven. Details to follow in the next post.