Sunday, January 10, 2010

EDM 4: A mug study

A study of a mug that I was given over 20 years ago. I did this quickly using watercolor pencils. They were nice and sharp--electric sharpener--and I tried to use them the way that I would colored pencils, learning from my experience with those. I think that the problem is with the paper... a bit too much tooth. I really need to start using my hot press paper when I'm using colored pencils.

I debated whether or not to try and burnish them, as CP, or blend them, as WCP. Eventually I chose the latter. Because of the density of the pencils, I got a nice thick look, and I don't think there's too much mud. A drier brush would have been better, but I was lazy, and downstairs, and used my waterbrush.

The biggest problem is with the handle. This mug definitely does not have a wavy handle. I had difficulty with the shadow under the top of the handle. Okay, this is a study, and there are opportunities for future exploration.


  1. It looks nice. You are too picky!

  2. Very nicely done. Yep, agree with freebird, you are too harsh on yourself. Being your own critic is what we all are guilty of.

  3. Lovely sketches. I love the warm colours.. and the handle is nice too!!!

  4. Pretty colors. Nice highlights on rim

  5. I mess up the handle EVERY time. This is beautiful though and I think it's worth another go. Such beautiful colors!

    And, you have a fabulous site!

  6. I like this very much. Especially the touch of light on the rim.
    Paula in VA