Amy, for Julia Kay's Portrait Party
colored pencil on toned paper
This is my most recent portrait for the online group, Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I find using colored pencil to be very engaging, and really soothing to do. Lately, with the health problems I have been facing, working on a drawing like this takes time, and focuses my mind on something positive. It's not obvious in this photo of the drawing, but the darkest areas are built up with browns, Tuscan red, indigo, and black colored pencil. In the skin tones I also add a light warm brown, so there is some tonal variation and complexity.
I enjoyed working on this portrait because of her warm smile, and because there was a wide range of values, something I look for in a source photo.