I haven’t felt much like sketching or painting until the past few days. We discovered a new park, and I snapped a photo of what I think is an American Tree Sparrow. My photo was a little blurry, but I had enough detail to finish this drawing.
This is in colored pencil—Pablo and Derwent drawing—on a background of Neocolor II. I used Pastelmat in a yellow orange color.
I finished another drawing using Grafix Duralar drafting film and Neocolor I crayons, this one our two horses grazing. Pete and Banner are close friends. Banner’s the leader, and Pete’s never far behind.
I left out the background other than a few splotches of color because I’m being a little dramatic but I’m also just beginning to experiment with backgrounds on drafting film.
I also finished this hummingbird, which is the final bird in the Three Little Birds series by the Virtual Instructor. He used Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils, which I have, but the only black paper I have is Canson drawing paper, not a great choice. I couldn’t layer enough so left it about half finished with very little definition, especially on the back and tail. Oh, well. I really enjoyed the series and learned so much about color choice, layering, and process. I carried this over to multiple projects already. Now, I need to decide which course to take next. Maybe pen and ink?
This is my second completed drawing using drafting film. Gracie, our Cockatiel, is such a sweet bird, so I tried capturing her image. It’s difficult to obtain a likeness, but we share a space, so she’s always there if I need to take a closer look.
I used diluted Ampersand ink on the reverse side to create the sky and trees. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s permanent.
This drawing sped right along. I’m completing these drafting film drawings very quickly which isn’t a goal, just something I’ve noticed.
Where have I been? How have I missed out using drafting film?
It’s one of those smooth, unusual surfaces that I love. This one is 100% polyester, perhaps not as green of a product as mineral paper. Like mineral paper only a handful of layers of pencil can go down before the tooth is used up, but unlike mineral paper, drafting film is archival.
It’s also semi-opaque, which opens the experimenting door wide open. Because I purchased the two-sided variety (Grafix Duralar matte), I can draw on both sides, making darks darker, adding additional colors and details. If you can’t add more layers on the front, flip over the sheet and add them to the back. Adding different backings can add a totally new dimension to the final piece.
While I worked on this one, I put used a sheet of Bristol vellum underneath. The slight texture of the paper added a lot of detail when I was drawing the branches. When I didn’t want the paper surface to contribute, I slipped a smooth metal tin under the film.
I think the quality of this surface lends a dreamy look to the finished piece. The possibilities are pretty much endless with this discovery.