A new YouTube video – tomatoes in coloured pencil

I mentioned previously that I had been trying out various papers to use with coloured pencil, rather than my favourite, Fabriano Classico. The trouble is that I kept on having to start my tomato picture again and the ultimate goal was to film the process to use with my online botanical art course.

In the end I gave up and the video is based on my fourth attempt, but with my favourite paper! I hope that this will make some people happier about their numerous attempts with whatever media they might be using.

Having read the above, you will think that I didn’t find any suitable replacements for the Fabriano, but that isn’t quite true. The problem was that I chose what seems to be a simple subject, which in reality wasn’t all that simple to do. The tomatoes are very red, smooth and shiny. The red was the problem.

For those who work with coloured pencil, they will know that the colours are translucent and therefore the colour or colours that you are aiming for are in fact a layered mix of different colours. The tomatoes were a yellowy red – simple; but they also had areas of deeper red, areas of pinky-red, colder areas and warmer areas.

I have also been painting a Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ recently, and I encountered similar problems with that, because of the red.

I suppose what I am trying to say is that if is difficult, try and try again; it will be worth it. Particularly with coloured pencils it is worth trying out different mixes before you start and sometimes simpler is best.

I finished the series of videos for the course, starting off with tracing the line drawing, a separate short video for each of the tomatoes and then one for the sepals and truss. But unless you are signed up for the course you will only see this video which concentrates on the second tomato. It is speeded up considerably, therefore not going into huge detail about techniques. But you do see how the tomato develops and the list of colours I used for the whole picture is in the information section underneath the video.

Three tomatoes-2nd tomato

This is the Youtube video linkThe second of three tomatoes in coloured pencil.
This coming weekend is the ever popular Fruit and veg botanical art workshop. It looks as though it won’t be such glorious weather as has been for the last couple of days, so everyone will be able to concentrate on their painting, but be rewarded with strawberries and cream at the end of it!

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4 thoughts on “A new YouTube video – tomatoes in coloured pencil

  1. Thanks Gaynor for sharing! Now I wonder, what is your favourite paper after all the testíng?
    I have done quite some testing myself, mostly with watercolours, and like Canson Mouline de Roy, but am also playing with sizing the Fabriano Artistico. It is getting better..

    1. For watercolour I liked Strathmore 500 Bristol vellum. It appears less smooth than Fabriano, but once you start painting is very good. I prefer it so far to the Canson paper. I am still struggling with paper for the coloured pencil. At the moment I am trying another Strathmore paper called Sequestrial. I am giving it a good go by painting a small complete picture on each of papers I want to try.

      I might be too demanding in relation to what I want as nothing is like Fabriano, but we will see once I have tried those I have picked out.

      I don’t think I would fancy sizing the paper myself, but I think you are good trying this method.

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