I found the reference image of these pebbles in water on Paint My Photo, using only a small, cropped section of the picture. I used Neocolor II watersoluble crayons by Caran D’Ache. One thing that’s so neat about the crayons is that you can draw with them, which is what I did initially, but then use a brush on the crayon to pull off extra saturated pigment to add in the darks, highlights, and details.
Toned paper is more fun than I had imagined. I love practicing animal sketches from the old Walter T. Foster art books. They’re geared more toward oil and acrylic but I make do.
I keep practicing textures from the book 101 Textures for Colored Pencil:
Here’s the start of two metal point sketches, a little bunny and a mossy tree. I bit off more than I can chew with the tree, however. The detail is overwhelming. The bunny is on mineral paper, and the tree is on watercolor paper with the traditional silverpoint ground that came with my kit. I’ve found it’s very hard to photograph metalpoint because it’s shiny and reflects light.
For my birthday, I got this metalpoint kit from Natural Pigments.
It has a booklet, eraser, powdered grounds, stylus, and six points.
One contemporary artist working in metalpoint is Susan Schwalb. Her work is abstract and just about as shimmery as you can get.
This one is a picture of my husband’s horse.