I love colored pencil and crayon. They’re fun. They’re familiar: I’ve used them since I was a little kid, a long time before I ever had access to paints. Using them puts me back in a ‘play’ state of mind, and they’re a great way to add punch to a piece, to bring in just that pop of color it needs so you can call it done.
Here’s a sketch made at the top of the Fortini Trail, a local hiking trail. Colored pencil and water-soluble graphite over watercolor.
This second sketch made from the same spot is that big lichen-covered rock on the trail. This one is a mix of crayons, pen and colored pencil. No watercolor.
Typically, the pencil and crayon bit of a sketch is subtler, like it is in the sketch below, made at a local urban farm, Taylor Street Farms, where volunteers were pulling out the last of the summer’s crops and planting in fall vegetables when I visited. Dry media adds those last details and pops of color.
So many of you have asked about the tools I use. They’re listed on this “Supplies” page, but it hasn’t been updated in a long time. I’ll get to that next week, but until then, here is what I’ using right now:
Colored Pencils: a mix of watersoluble pencil, mostly Derwent Inktense and Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle. Crayons: Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons.