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.
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!
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.