Color Change

It's been a long time since I worked with colored pencils, but with the recent acquisition of a set of Derwents , I've been really going to town on illustrations with color. 

 

I started out with a portrait of Clara Bow, and went super saturated with her. I wanted to see how rich I could get the colors. It's not one of my best efforts, but I really love the design elements peeking through in her composition. I knew Clara was a redhead, so I played with that and made her super redheaded. 

 

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After that I did another drawing straight away of Norma Shearer, a huge star in the 20s and 30s. She had browner hair, so I started playing with what I usually do when I paint. I love mixing colors and playing around with warms and cools. This came out much, much better! 

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I'll definitely be continuing with the color elements in my illustrations. Black and white helped me get the lay work down, but I think the color really makes a difference to my works now. I'm happy to experiment with whatever I've got - I'd like to make a move to washes and inks in there as well! There are so many possibilities.

Here are the photos I took when I was in progress with both drawings! As you can see, I am working from 8x10s and filling in the colors after researching the actresses' hair and eye colors. I like playing around with the idea of recreating the look of an old movie poster.

 

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