Sunday, May 1, 2011

Every Day in May #1


One simple word, so many ways to think about it. This is a bar of my favorite soap (you may need to rotate the image clockwise to figure it out).

This is done with colored pencils (Faber-Castell and Prismacolor) on purple paper.

Lessons learned:
  • NEVER, NEVER use thin paper. I chose the purple because it matched what I wanted to do, but it took only about 3 layers of pencil, and the surface was unstable. Those little dots scattered throughout are bits of the paper that came off and were pencilled in... and I was using a VERY light touch.
  • Get with the darks. Even with some post-scanning enhancement, the picture doesn't look the way that it did on the paper. Of course, my darks couldn't be as good as I'd have wanted, because the darned paper wouldn't accept any more!
Well, there are 30 more days to go. And improvement each time.


  1. This one is wonderful. Is a really great sketch, and I like the tips and ideas about creating it. Is so useful and inspiring. Well done!

  2. Thanks! I'm back in the groove with my art; the EDiM is a great boost.