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Maia Sanders <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:31:09 -0700
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Hello good colored pencil artists,

I am looking for a relatively painless way to render a light subject
on a dark ground, and still be able to reproduce it.  I am trying to
see if watercolor is a good medium for this, but it is looking like a
combination of WC and CP is going to be better.

The specific subject is night-blooming flowers, (and, since I am not
"pure" in my scientific illustration, and I honestly need a better
revenue stream, some fairies as well).

I think a dark ground will be difficult to work on as they seem
smoother and harder, somehow, than my preferred substrate, strathmore
500 plate.  I also worry about substrate fading.   I could do a
different substrate if I needed, but I prefer to do some
layering/burnishing with the CP.

Any tips that might make this easier?


Maia Sanders

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