Experimenting with colored pencil on bogus rough sketch paper.
I think I would put a wash or pastel down in the dark areas first, next time. I don’t like how colored pencil leaves the little white holes in the dark areas.

I sketched this from work by myoriginalsin Please look through all her fantastic work.
The model is Faestock


  • kimangeline
    kimangelinealmost 5 years ago

    i like the concept though…nice image xo

  • thank you Kim :). Hope you’re well

    – Michael Scholl

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful!…and great mood too!

  • oh, thank you, doreen

    – Michael Scholl

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful !! I love her gorgeous red hair xx

  • Thank you Anita!

    – Michael Scholl

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful colored pencil drawing, michael…. very feminine…. : )

  • Thank you so much, mimi! Missed seeing you around.

    – Michael Scholl

  • LTScribble
    LTScribblealmost 5 years ago

    how in the heck did i miss this one…..OMG it’s beautiful……absolutely wonderful work Michael……..U Dah Man……i can almost see the wind…..i think i’m feeling a littel jealous right now….or is that envy……in any case……….i really love this one

  • Hey! I’m taking you with me wherever I go! You are so good for my ego. I’m so happy you love it. :)

    – Michael Scholl

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Michael…just a thought…you can put a top layer with white and there will not be any white holes in the dark. It will blend it all together. Sometimes, I add many underlayers and then finish it off with a heavy blending layer of white. Some people choose to leave the grainy appearance. Either way, it is beautiful. Just my humble input. Your work is beautiful!!

  • I glad you mentioned that. A lot of people are afraid to use white as a blender. It works really well. I was afraid to lose the grainy feel of everything. I guess, there different techniques for different circumstances. Thanks Catherine!

    – Michael Scholl

  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Michael!

  • Thank you Ana! :)

    – Michael Scholl

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    Great! Those little white holes actually look good here, but I know what you mean. I often use watercolour or watered down acrylic as a base before doing a dark area in coloured pencil.

  • Thanks Dave or BLYTHART. I love that we’re talking techniques here. That’s what this piece was all about for me. Experimenting on how to work on this paper. I actually sketched it out with a white pencil and just kept going from the

    – Michael Scholl

  • Edzie
    Edziealmost 5 years ago

    Great work Mike. Glad you’re asking the tough questions….i am glad to be learning from you and all these great replies!

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely image, Michael. I had exactly that with the pastel pencils on watercolour paper, too. Drove me half mad, those little white holes – likewise, I didn’t want to lose the grainy feel. Although I agree with Catherine on white as a blender, I’m going to try the wash under first. (I am too impatient for many many layers, haha)

  • How did I miss this? There are so many ways to handle it. It depends on the result you want. It starts with paper color, texture and thickness, whether to use soft or hard pencils and how you want the final piece to look. Experimenting is fun with this medium. Keep me posted with your results, Barbara.

    – Michael Scholl

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