A card through the post is something to look forward to, appreciate and remember long after the event. I am not talking about the cheap cards you buy in the discount store, but ones that have been created by an artist or maker and chosen with care to send a loving message to the recipient. Perhaps even framed afterwards.
This all came about when artist and designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote:
“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open”
This is so sad and I have now resolved to buy a card whenever I see one I really like and not rush out at the last minute (just before final posting date) to buy one that will “have to do”. Will you do that to?
You may remember that I have been trying out coloured pencils – polychromos by Faber Castell to be exact. These are oil-based coloured pencils and a huge selection of 120 beautiful colours. However for this latest picture I used a fairly limited pallette. Although a badger is black and white, in fact I used a selection of browns and greys and even some blues to give the depth of colour I wanted.
The key to making fur look lifelike is to use very sharp pencils with a light touch. With lots of layers and using slightly different colours this will build up a realistic looking fur which has depth. The cooler areas had blue included and in the warmer areas I used the browns. Warm greys and cool greys were used accordingly.
I have found that I enjoy using coloured pencils for fur as I can get more life into it.