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Chasing Realism - Colored Pencil Stream

Jun 17, 2021
peace everyone at mascart here and welcome to an interesting impromptu crayon live

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huh so the other day i got this very small sketchbook in the mail because there is a paper i used to use with my crayons and that's how it looks it was called Stonehenge vellum and I don't know about a year and a half ago I couldn't find it anywhere and I only have about a couple sheets left and I really really like the paper with

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s it's one of my favorite papers huh for

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work purely

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, because it's very nicely textured but not too textured and, um, I don't know what happened to it and I don't know what happened to the Stonehenge paper, it doesn't look like it's changed in any way either. or whatever but I found this paper and this is still white from Stonehenge but it's from Legion or something and the only conclusion I can come to is that this paper was like Stonehenge it was bought by Legion and they just call the Stonehenge paper. and so is this It's still a vellum textured paper so I wanted to give it a try trying to do a little bit of photo

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and you know when you're doing photo

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it's not a good idea to work small but I thought I might as well try to push the boundaries i eat the best i can and see where i end up um hi uh basicgamer jessica mache good to see you all um if you have any questions i'm just going to just going to work on this portrait here and it's a very slow and tedious process but if you have any questions , topic or anything you want to chat about feel free to ask me in chat and we'll hang out while I do this I mean I was going to be doing this regardless if I live

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or not so I thought I might as well turn on the camera, hook up my mic and do a little live stream since it's been a while for some of you and yeah that's what I'm going to do. i've already had a very productive morning i just finished uh i just finished filming uh episode six of pacific pa stes uh i haven't edited it or done anything with it yet but i probably will over the weekend, no it's going to take me so long i'll probably do it on sunday or something and then it'll have another episode next wednesday so yeah that's my morning so far hope y'all have had a fantastic week up to this point it's friday so That the weekend is upon us, good morning, I'm still trying to soften this eye, make it look, make it look good. working on this yesterday I don't know maybe an hour or so and actually I wasn't working with the lights on I was just working in the dark a bit which is never really a good idea when I'm trying to put little details and all that oh hey whats up stephanie yeah its been a while hi stacy glad you came by to say thank you that i wear cool gray for the eye um lets see here i have a cool gray one here and then i have a warm beret i have too a nougat and green earth uh you wo I would like to know if I use any solvent for mixing.
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Sometimes yes, yes. Sometimes I use solvent to mix. I am not using solvent at this time. However, in this project I'm just using a standard paper blender, so nothing, no, no, brushes, no solvent. just a paper blender and slow tedious layering of my pencils if you remember it was actually last year around this time that i did um i challenged myself to do a photorealistic drawing of course i wasn't working on this little I'm probably being a little too ambitious with a drawing this small photo realism at this size is like uh pretty impractical I'm just saying it's really not the most practical uh size to work to try such a thing but I wanted to try Pull this out document and I might also search for something that I'll probably fail to get a really good idea if I like this document or not because I just bought this really small package so I can try it out. with colored pencils and if I like it What I have so far I've liked it so far, it seems to work exactly the way I want it to work. size pack because this paper is a bit expensive and I have to ship it from the UK so I thought I might as well buy something small and try it out I'm doing great stephanie thanks for asking yes I am.
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I'm planning to bring back streaming uh not yet I'm just doing something um I just wanted to do something today and surprise everyone I mean I've been streaming I streamed twice a week and I've been doing that nonstop for all year and then once things started to open up again, I moved my streams back to Patreon, where they've always been and what I've been working on in the background, unless you're done. on patreon you're not really going to know anything but I'm in the process of working with wi I'm a web developer and we're building a new website and I'm going to transition off of patreon I won't I won't stream on patreon anymore instead , i will be streaming on my website and i am creating my own subscription based website called art club unmasked and i will host all my tutorials there and it will be a thousand times better than patreon has been as far as organizing the tutorials and all that so i'm in the process of doing that i've been doing it for the last month and a half and hopefully it'll release in a couple more weeks we've hit like a roadblock at the moment but hopefully that gets resolved relatively soon i know yellow knee um I know about him I don't know him personally yes I have come I have seen his video drawing recommended as um draw a hyper realistic portrait or whatever but I have not seen anything else of him I just saw his video and r i remembered his name very very very good artist he is really nailed like that photo realism quality in colored pencils can i zoom in yes can i zoom in make sure everything is in focus are you getting it are you getting it i mean this is like the size of my little finger so it's you're getting almost too close to the paper as maybe I'm going to move a little bit away because that's too close if you get caught looking at all the little dimples in the paper and stuff I don't think you really see how looks like the image itself, so I'll zoom in as close as I am right now.
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I think it's a good amount. i turned on my cameras and hit the live stream button that's it i thought it would be fun to hang out with everyone and chat so that's really it so how has everyone else been doing? Does anyone have interesting projects that are currently? working on it want to talk oh they've missed me um I'm self taught yes yes me so I've been I've been drawing with the intention of improving since I was six years old and the reason I phrase it that way is because I think I almost Every kid you know draws at some point in their life and they color and they like artistic things but what it was I was actively practicing since I was six I drew the same thing over and over again there were certain subjects I liked I liked dinosaurs and i liked cartoon characters so i just drew them over and over again and i did that for several years and then i started making cars around fourth fifth sixth grade um and so i did, i did a lot of car stuff and then in 8th grade I started drawing people and designing my own characters because at that time one of my favorite activities was video games and I always really liked the idea of ​​creating my own characters from v I was into video games and I wanted to be a video game character development artist so I wanted to create characters for video games and uh that's when I started drawing people and when I started drawing people I simultaneously got into manga art style so I I drew those kind of Japanese manga style characters huh, and that's something like that.
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I spent a lot of time doing during high school and I also painted a bit during high school, but not much. I got familiar with mixing colors, that's something I did a lot because all the paints. which I had done up until the age of 22 only involved the primary colors of black and white, so over the years I developed a very good understanding of color mixing and color matching using a limited color palette. Yeah, Call of Duty was a game I played a lot after high school, even though when I was in the military it was all about Call of Duty, oh I played a lot of Call of Duty.
I'm using ently the paper I'm using right now is stonehenge legion. I don't even know what to call it so I'm still confused. I'm not sure I tried to figure it out. I've tried looking it up so if anyone knows please let me know. I think Legion was a paper company and they bought Stonehenge. They kept part of the Stonehenge name by calling the newspaper Stonehenge. So, it's legion paper, it's and then Stonehenge white, I think because I can't find Stonehenge vellum that I've used for a long time, um, so I have this to try and see. yes it's a valid replacement for Stonehenge paper which I only have two or three sheets left of because I really like drawing paper like that one of my favorite papers for polychrome pencils particularly polychrome pencils I don't really want to use polychrome papers in polychrome pencils on any paper other than Stonehenge vellum which I can't seem to buy anywhere anymore or find it online or even prove it exists and just need to find a replacement for it and so far this paper is doing pretty well it seems be very similar to what I've been missing, a question about polychromes vs luminance first vs prismacolor, it's a subtle difference but I'd say it mostly comes down to translucency and density, anything you do with prismacolors or luminance you can do with polychromes i think there is more than enough evidence to suggest that all of those pencils can be used interchangeably, but one thing i think sets polychromes apart from their softer, waxier counterparts is with polychromes i love to blend them with this this is just a cheap blender paper when it comes to blending polychromes i would rather mix with this paper blender than with solvent and that's why I'm doing this or is that why I'm using this for ol to blend instead of using solvent polychrome pencils they are all translucent so it takes a little more coats to cover the paper completely but all the layers are much thinner not clumpy they are just thinner and look really nice when you take your time with it and slowly fill in the tooth of the paper yeah thats what im thinking i think this it is legion paper with the type of the paper name being Stonehenge but this is vellum so if you look at this paper online you can go to the legion website and it will describe this paper as having a texture of vellum and that's why I got it it's not pretty much the same on the back it's a little smoother it's a subtle amount softer on the back of the paper but that's just like any paper no paper has the same texture on both sides the back is always slightly less textured than the front you can ask me anything uh princess duren yes you can ask as many ns questions as you want and you can ask me anything you want.
I love questions and never get tired of them. Also, if I miss someone's question, feel free to ask it again. I try to keep up with the chat, but sometimes when I'm sometimes when I'm working here, I lose track of the chat or forget that it even exists because you have to remember that I really enjoy drawing and it's so easy for me to just get distracted when I'm working, um if i need a slightly more textured paper but same smooth finish as the lennox 100 i think this paper might be the paper i'm looking for i don't think they got rid of the vellum i think they just changed the name because that's me i think legion bought Stonehenge, that's the only conclusion I can come to based on my internet searching because I can't even find the only one I can only find as old google images of Stonehenge vellum which I keep referring to.
I tell you how many pencils I'm using yeah I'll number them pretty quickly 169 189 183 230 two seventy one uh one eight seven two six three one seven two one three two black 130 103 so that's all the pencils I have used each of these pencils at least once, but I keep switching from pencil to pencil trying to soften this lid. I still have a few of those like holes in the paper that I'm trying to get rid of. in there as dark as it's supposed to be um how many hours a week do i spend working on my art uh maybe like three or four like me that probably doesn't sound like a lot but really i would say a long week would be maybe seven to eight hours, so that would be like a day longer or i mean that would be like a week longer um and that's like based on average i would say average i would say about six hours a week oh hey whats up? stuffwasn't a pleasant surprise seeing you in the chat um let's see if i missed anyone's questions um is vellum good enough for colored pencils oh yeah absolutely its like one of the best papers you can use in my opinion, forpure colors pencil work vellum paper might be like top of the line just uh I would say it's a very very good balance of texture because you can always get more textured paper especially if you like sanded papers like uh um pastelmat or the lux archival paper that came out earlier in the year or late last year and is also a bit friendlier than the softer papers I use I use much smoother papers with my colored pencil work I also use the plate paper strathmore bristol and no I generally wouldn't recommend that paper for people starting out with colored pencils because it's not the friendliest if you make a mistake with it it's really nasty as far as correcting it because there isn't a lot of room for extra layers and what that does is it forces you to pick your colors accurately from the start because you know that once they're in place there's not a lot of change you can make with that paper since it doesn't take as long layers like some of the more textured papers like vellum would back in the day what I would generally recommend is a vellum for anyone who wants to get into colored pencils because it's like right there in the middle you can always go further textured and softer, but I think for people starting out with colored pencils it's always best to start in the middle, get comfortable with the medium, and then branch out from there because the other thing I always talk about with colored pencils it's picking each individual role, trying as many possible roles as you can, huh because, um, what you're going to find is the best role, huh, it's always subjective and it's going to be based on how everyone feels like a role different, so I never avoid referring to a paper as the best paper because it doesn't exist for colored pencils, yes I think I've read the same statement. sergio regarding legion but every time i bought that paper i never saw anything anywhere that said legion there was no legion at all there was just Stonehenge so if that was their mark they didn't put it on anything from what i bought it was always just stonehenge so maybe they just decided to change their um their marketing or whatever huh i recommend strathmore briston bristol vellum uh sure i mean strathmore is a good brand of paper like i said i'll say it again like try as many papers as you can try the strathmore bristol vellum bristol plate whatever uh whatever paper you can get your hands on just try it you know a lot of art stores have packs of um like test papers that sometimes you can get it for free or for just a couple bucks or so and you can try many different brands of paper and get a pretty good idea that you know what papers you like what papers you don't like because you definitely i recommend you know to branch out just trying as many as you can find some tips on blending skin so skin is one of those topics that i don't think i ever get enough questions answered about it really what it takes is patience , that's the most important factor in creating anything that looks the way it's meant to look and I think the thing that holds a lot of people back when it comes to portraits is the fear of color and what I mean by that is the fear of applying a particular color though if you look at the reference photo you can clearly see that the color exists there so what I would recommend you do is start small maybe something like this this size is like the size of my hand just so you know it's very small and i just don't care at all i don't care if you mess it up but whatever you do apply your colors as dark as possible just apply them as dark as you can you can do it like this like you go for this color that has 132 polychromes by the way light flesh light just go as dark as you can who cares if you mess up it's just practice anyway but you have to push yourself past that point of no return when it comes to color application, the biggest mistake people make when it comes to portraits in the first place is that they're afraid of making the skin too dark and it's not so much that they're afraid of going too dark. too much in the shadows are afraid of going too dark just on normal skin areas like this lighter region of skin I'm coloring right now I've used various colors to get skin as dark as I use the 189 the 132 i have even used a bit of the 263 and i only have skin as dark as it needs to be as dark as it is supposed to be based on looking at the reference photo i am that i have the other thing you can try to help get over the fear of applying your colors is using non-white paper, can you?
I can try like a gray paper or a brown paper which is what I did when I started when I tried my first colored pencil portrait I don't know if I have that sketchbook here no I don't have the sketchbook next to me but, I mean, it wasn't that long ago, maybe five years ago, that I tried my first colored pencil portrait and it turned out pretty good, I mean, for my first colored pencil portrait, I think it turned out relatively good, huh because Ya I had been working with colored pencils for a year up to that point.
I just never tried a portrait. I was afraid of going into debt. I was scared to death trying a colored pencil portrait because, well, I didn't want to mess it up. I did not do it. I don't want to invest the time and mess it up, but you have to be willing to do it. you have to be willing to invest the time and mess it up if you're ever going to see an improvement in your work you just have to take your time that's one of the most important factors is investing the time in the work when i started with crayons everything what i did was all i did was still life stuff and animals animals are really easy because you don't have to be as precise with the color as if you were doing anything skin related you don't really have to be that precise with the color, it's all about contrast and values, so that was during the first year of working with colored pencils.
I did things like um, I made a frog. I think I made oranges. I did some animated images so I like pixar like digital pixar 3D characters. a few things you can do that may help If you start to build up your confidence a bit before jumping right into a portrait, I'm going to start working on the other eye and this eye is a little bit darker. I'll work this skin around the eye and then work up on the forehead. I'll also do the brow, basically exactly what I've done here and then I'll close this gap and then I'll work my way down into the nose which is. usually my usual path uh the one i take with portraits i always like to do the eyes first i think it's relatively common although i think almost everyone starts with the eyes but as you can see here i'm using a gray color for the sclera. which is the white part of the eye and i try to refrain from referring to them as the white part of the eye but that is what most people know as it is the sclera that is the real name and the reason why which i always emphasize that instead of using the general term that most people know as the white part of the eye because i am never white so i try not to use that description because people associate it with the color white and always they make them too bright, they always make them too bright, which is a problem I see. often and I saw it so often that I had to look up what the medical term for that part of the eye is just so I could stop calling it the white part of the eye so someone has fun weekend plans, I don't have nothing interesting um and i haven't really done anything interesting in a long long time so personally i don't have much to talk about just hanging out in my apartment doing as little as possible that's all uh that part is usually bluish gray in the young , but it gets more yellow as they get older uh yeah i mean it can be a lot of different colors depending on the lighting i would describe it more as green i find the sclera a lot closer to t or green than blue on one occasion so-so, but I mean, if you get a portrait of a person outside and the sky is bright blue, then chances are you'll get some hints of blue on the sclera, but this is probably the most common color i use and this is earthy green uh number 172 i find that color um i find myself using that color more often for shading to shade that part of the eye i need to tilt this up because i dont know what light it is like maybe that light very very bad glow where i apply the pencils and you're in if you're wondering why the green is showing up so much on the sclera it's like mixing colors because you have a yellowish tint you have a yellowish tint to your eyes and then as you described sort of being blue g a common color well you mix those two colors together and you end up with green so that's where you get this fade this faded green because this I mean this isn't like a pure pure green color it has a hint of blue but of course the lighting is what really determines the color because I mean you can have all kinds of different shades of reds and yellows and oranges and things that happen and happen in the eyes if you have a light source that's causing such things I'm glad you're able to get to a live feed I'm glad you're here yeah this is just uh this is a different live feed than I normally do I've done a to live stream like this in a while and i wanted to work on this portrait here that i started yesterday and i'm just doing it for fun to practice and for fun and i would have been working on it anyway so i thought i might stream it as well , let's see here we are going to add a little pink to the eyes or to this particular eye hi cassandra it's nice to see you too and chandra it's always a pleasure how I work or I work on commission and I get a bad reference photo wait how I work or i work on commission uh i don't know if those are two different questions i think your question is how would i work on commission if i get a bad reference photo if i get a reference photo that is unusable?
I can't use this photo so unless you have a better photo I'm just not willing to take the risk and if the client wants me to do my best he says well I don't really care if it turns out perfect huh you just know try to do the best you can and try to make it look better or whatever then i would let them know like you know there is a chance it might not work as well as you might imagine but generally i dont take commissions I haven't taken a commission in quite some time because I don't like doing C Omissions because the minute I take a commission it means I'm working for someone else that I'm never really a fan of so try to steer clear of that.
Honestly, I don't even remember what my last commission was. I got a commission request not too long ago, but I haven't heard anything in a few months, so I don't think the client will get back to me. I did not start any work. on it and never even when I get a commission I don't even pick up a pencil before I get paid so I always take a 50 percent non-refundable deposit and then I usually try to collect every time I get a request for a commission my Philosophy is I charge enough for the client to say no that way if they say yes then I'm ok with doing the commission that's basically how I do the commission work how long does it normally take? to finish a portrait oh oh it's there's so much variability there huh for example I'm going for how I ph oto realism on this project and I figure this will probably take me somewhere around 100 hours give or take like 20 hours it just kinda depends because if I'm doing realism and I'm not going for photo realism quality huh where I'm doing like every little detail precisely because I'm basically coloring like one little dot at a time at this point but yeah I like just a normal portrait where there isn't like a Everything is still normal like a decent size portrait maybe where the face is the size of my hand that would probably take me like 12 hours um how do I prepare my sketches? before in several videos but what i like to do and what i always recommend people do is always the grid method is something you should be good at because it just helps you it just helps you and being good at that is something really, really nice to have in your back pocket, so the grid method is what I would recommend first, but since I have to prepare new sketches all the time, I could spend hours and hours and hours detailing a sketch, erasing and correcting things , but I don't because that would take too much time, so what I do is I take whatever my reference photo is and create a digital line art in Photoshop, so I just take the photo in Photoshop, do another layer and draw what the line art should look like.
I like it and then from there I take the cheapest paper I have, which is just plain white computer printer paper, and I follow it directly to my monitor where I'm reading these messages from time to time. I take that cheap paper that I turn inside out I color the part ofback side with graphite i call this the reverse tracing method um and then i just re-trace that line on my final paper uh my final paper and then when i lift the paper i am left with a really nice easy ghost image of my line art and then I can finish any small details that remain because it doesn't leave a perfect print, there's always some kind of imperfection that I have to adjust, but for the most part it works perfect and that's how I do it fast to save a big amount of time and that's what I usually recommend people do if they're short on time or if they do, um, if they do art professionally like I do, there's just no reason to spend more time than is necessary because it's time consuming do this kind of thing so I hope the way I described it is clear to you, but if you want a real time example, last year I did a live stream drawing myself. -portrait and the first day of th in because I lived live like 30 days straight working on my portrait and the first day I was just transferring the line art and I did it that way so I could have that video to refer people to if they wanted to know how to do it. tracing i show how to do it in that video oh hi carol and georgina yeah yeah uh using the gold polychrome pencils and i'm using i'm using legion stonehenge paper with a vellum surface what is that why is it so cakey here i'll show you the front this is how you see the paper because it still confuses me and nowhere on here does it say vellum which is really annoying because this is vellum new to colored pencil drawings why am i doing it completely? draw a sex section like the eye and then move on to a new area um well it depends it depends on the level of precision I'm looking for right now this eye that I'm working on you know I'm working very slowly because I'm going for the most realistic drawing I can do at this size since i'm working too small to do like true photo realism huh and one of the things i always like to do more or less no matter what it is to set some kind of value scale so in the eyes i have like the darkest areas i have the lashes i have the pupil and i have a lot of these very very dark colors which makes it easier to compare them to some of the lighter colors around them to grade how dark or how light i need to go with you it could start it really could start anywhere i mean it has to start somewhere right like with colored pencils it can't you can't widen the pencils like or you can do it with paint so you can't take a wide pencil and like color big area you have to start somewhere when i'm doing portraits i always start with the eyes because they are the most important feature 99.9 of the time uh very rarely you do a portrait and the eyes aren't the focal point um personally I've never done a portrait where the eyes aren't the focal point so Starting at the most important section of the face just makes sense to me and then if you wonder why i start with the whites of the eyes it's because it's uncomfortable to look at and when you have a white iris and then you have these fully colored whites it's creepy and weird and i want to get over that as quickly as possible so just me motivates me to keep moving but I also do so on behalf of everyone watching the video or watching the live stream or watching the tutorial because time and time again I stress the importance of not using white on the white parts of the eye i don't even have a white pencil in here i don't have i don't have a white pencil outside i'm not wearing white at all so i always color those i always color the sclera first because it shows everyone looking that i don't there's white there it's not white because the paper is white and you can clearly see it's not white when you're just isolated the path that had it there before I started coloring this the iris here um and uh it's just me I don't like to see portraits where the sclera are too white if you want your eyes to look real you want your eyes to look three dimensional and deep and good looking then you better not leave the whites of your eyes white it would be better to have them bloodshot red than white to see oh hello uh artistic escape good to see you what are some tips to get that realistic look without doing hundreds of layers do 99 layers if you don't want to do 100 layers do 99 of them and it ace you You're going to be pretty realistic looking the real thing I mean when it comes to colored pencils the less layers you put down the more colored pencil look you have so if you want it to look more realistic more like a photograph or whatever you can't escape the numbers for how many layers you need to put there's just no escaping that you have to put multiple layers now you don't have to go anywhere near a hundred you don't have to get anywhere near that number that it's a very high number um but one of the main characteristics you have to set with colored pencils is that you need to have the range of values ​​so that their dark colors have to be as dark as they should be based on the reference photo you might be using they have to be dark they can't be mediocre in the middle the lack of contrast is what makes colored pencil work look dull and uninteresting and therefore the more against This one has the better the better things will be for you and you don't need 100 layers for that probably realistically you can get away with like three or four layers but you have to set the range of values ​​to make it look good, and that's all you really need.
I would say the most layers I think I've actually applied to my colored pencil work is probably like five. five or six and the final The idea of ​​what a layer is in colored pencils is as vague as, what is a layer called? What is a layer called? I mean if I touch this pencil with my eyeball like I'm doing. in the eye but if I go over that little line three four five six seven eight nine ten times that counts as ten layers if I go over that little dot 10 times I don't feel like it counts as 10 layers so as I I keep getting questions about similar layers and colored pencils, more vague seems to be what people define as a layer in colored pencil and I've had this, I've had this discussion before on other live streams like what do you define a layer?
I don't even know I've been doing colored pencils for six years and I still don't really know what a layer is I just keep applying the pencil huh until I get the result I'm looking for and if I feel like it's three layers I'll say it's three layers , I don't really know what else to say about the layers. Oh hi Andrea, nice to see you too and Anna. Hello Hello hello. I definitely wouldn't recommend using white to blend skin tone, huh, and here's why the first reason is that you're going to lighten the color, unless you want to lighten the color, which, um, you probably don't want to, huh, your. you're also going to desaturate the skin if you mix white or black with any other color you're going to lose saturation so your orange your yellow your red will become less red it will become less orange and less everything if you mix white into it so you want a skin rich and bright and colorful the last thing you want to do is mix it with white because it's going to dull the skin and you'll get a really washed out face um the best i think the best option you can take whenever you want to soften the skin and hold the color is use a combination of the colors that you've applied for example i don't want the skin to look like this super bright pink so i mix it with uh with like a little bit of uh like warm gray or even a little bit of cool grey, i could mix it with a little bit of ivory um and then i could do a light layer with some brown and so i'll mix all of these colors together and keep applying them over and over and over and it will soften as i go along in all the time i'm here.
By saying that at no point am I really losing my saturation that's what I use on my gray because gray is like the most overlooked color in skin a lot of skin is just gray people think um, people think this color should be liked, the skin should be this bright in saturation, but actually the skin should be this bright in saturation, so let's see. wanted to smooth that over sorry im trying to make sure i dont miss anyone questions if i miss your question feel free to ask again try not to try not to miss anyone i dont uh i dont actively avoid questions so uh what a pencil sharpener I use I use a jakar electric pencil sharpener and I have no problem getting sharp points.
Someone in the chat probably knows how to spell jakar, but it's a jakar electric pencil sharpener with auto stop, and from what I gather it's only available in the UK. I don't know if anyone figured out a US version because it always has a UK plug so I have to have a wall adapter to use it, and if you don't know I live in Europe so I live in Poland specifically. So if you're wondering why I have it, it's because I live quite close to the UK, so trying to get these values ​​on this iris can be tricky, it's like a brown and green hmm, don't think about it. i have pretty dark sclera tricky eyes tricky eyes um let's see here oh hey brocks you watched almost all my youtube streams wow i don't even want to know how long it took even though it took me exactly the same amount of time to make them i'm glad to know you have learned a lot from my videos that's amazing that's why i do this actually yes i have an artistic escape on video if you look up the video trying to remember the title it's how to color everything a guide for one color effective palette that's the method i use that video i'll break it down that's the method i use to color and paint everything i ever do that exact method in that video uh it's as fundamental and basic as you can imagine and it will do significantly if you implement if implement that into your planning process, it will significantly improve your colored pencil work. i feel like i need to go darker it looks right so its hard to really gauge precision and value, when the surrounding paper is still white so its probably best to start coloring the skin so you can get a bit of an idea a little better, I didn't have any time frame for which I was broadcasting today, um, I was just going to work on this portrait for as long as I felt like doing, but let me assure you that while you guys have questions for me, chances are keep streaming so the more questions i ask the longer the stream will be but i can't stream i can't stream like six or seven crazy hours i might have if i started earlier but i couldn't start earlier but i could definitely continue for others two and a half hours if you keep up the questions and stuff because otherwise I'm going to run out of things to say and, um, nobody wants to watch. that, oh, and for those of you who might have joined in the last half hour or what not, I started my morning today by recording the next episode of Pacific Pastels.
I got into a pretty good rhythm putting out those episodes, so I used my Friday mornings to record a new episode of Pacific Pastel and um. i have it hanging on the back wall but i really am it might be one of my favorites actually i love colors yea i love colors huh what kind of exercises can i do to get better? your line art is a big question um there are a lot of basic things you can do like draw circles over and over again practice your line and hand control that was something i never liked when i started drawing like 25 years ago , I just spent a lot of time drawing, that's all I really did, uh, and I always have, I've always been, um, very light, so it's something that people struggle with. with sometimes is i can i can touch a pencil or pen to paper with zero pressure like the smallest amount of pressure and i feel like for me it just seems to come naturally but other people push really hard and i would say make sure you're not pushing hard it's probably one of the first things you can practice and if you can, if you can draw in color, um, with really light pressure and a lot of pressure control, that's probably going to be one of the most important features. just being able to control the pressure other than that yeah these are the basic exercises of drawing circles and shapes over and over again and making your hand movements more fluid and natural that's something you can always do even though I never have done.
I've done it personally, so I can't vouch for how well it will improve your overall ability, but it's things I've come across that I've heard help with, I just draw over and over and over again and have been doing it. So as long as I've never gotten better at my line art and stuff, and I actually have an example that I did. I did a little sketch yesterday so here's some here's some of my inking so my line art is pretty decent I would i would describe it as pretty decent huh i have a special hashtag if people want to share your work ok for peaceful pies the hashtag just hashtag peaceful pies if you're following that series that's the only hashtag i havethought um further that you like to share your work uh you have the unmask family facebook page of course chandra you know about that um and you can you can share your work but i want you to share it with the idea of ​​improving like when you share it um i love you expect people to give you feedback for improvement, so when you share your work on the Facebook page, make sure you do it within the context of asking people like this is my colored pencil drawing, I did it using these pencils, how do i do it?
You think I can improve or I had problems with this. Does anyone have any ideas or tips that might help me with something in that context? If you do, you can share your work in the Facebook group. What I don't want to see and what will be removed almost immediately by group moderators is if you just share your work for the sake of sharing it because no one really learns by looking at a picture so I want people to feel like they can share their work and I look forward to any ideas on how to improve because that's what I've created the facebook group for anyway the idea is oh let's see let's see if I enjoy vellum surface for realistic drawings yes actually I think it might be the Best i think vellum surface might be the best surface for realistic drawings not for smoothness actually its due to the middle of the road texture if i can describe it that way because vellum paper is a paper relatively smooth. but it's very textured like this you can actively feel the texture when you put your finger on it um and it's the perfect texture because you can comfortably apply multiple coats without a struggle um and you don't have to apply a million coats to cover the paper because it has too much texture so you're not fighting the texture of the paper like you would say with colored paper with watercolor i feel like watercolor paper it just has too much texture and you just have to work a little bit to cover it up and vellum paper is really nice on the You kind of don't have to try too hard kind of paper I really like, let's see, do I have any shading tips? that we've been together so Six years now and I did a little I did a little shad Actually yesterday's tutorial for the Patreon live stream and I talked about how stable cer light and work through some of the uh, just the physics of light and how to think about it when it hits an object and how it would be projected. the cast shadow of that object when it comes to the topic of shading the reason I haven't done a tutorial on it specifically is because I have no idea how to approach it I think when it comes to the question of how do you shade things .
I feel that it is very similar to the question of how many layers do you apply because what exactly is a layer with paint it is very easy you paint on a surface that is one layer you repaint it it is two layers but with colored pencils you are not doing like complete movements like that, so what is actually a cape with colored pencils? I have absolutely no idea. I bl finish once with solvent that's one coat whatever I apply on top of that is coat two and then mix with solvent again whatever I apply on top of that is the third coat even that is totally subjective because I'm applying multiple colors one on top of the other before i blend with solvent so isn't it even a coat when blending or is it just how i apply the pencils?
I have no idea so I just make up the number and when it comes to shading what the look is. what is the shading look like the only thing i can think of is whatever value is added to what would otherwise be just line art so if you take like here this example here this little sketch i did it's just lines right there it is whether it's black or white, there are no values ​​in between and as soon as you apply any other value than the black and white lines, huh, I think you start to slip into the shading realm, right? um, shading just becomes coloring you. if you're just using gra Phite then the shading is just the bridge between the darker values ​​and the lighter values ​​and there's like a million ways to do it right you've got like cross shading you've got stippling and pointillism you've got gradients you can create you've got textures you can apply that that changes the values ​​of the surface so there are so many there are so many ways to think about shading and when I think of shading in a general term and the idea of ​​creating a tutorial based on that generalization I have no idea of where to do it go with it i can't even describe it in a single sentence um and so without a specific without something more specific than just the general term of shading i don't know if i can give you something that would be helpful i would love to but i just don't know and I'd rather I'd rather give you um I'd rather give you nothing than something that's not useful um let's see let's see let's see what I did miss if your colors don't feel natural then cut back on the amount of colors you use hey if you're using a lot of colors try narrowing it down to five or five to seven colors and maximize the potential those colors have and use them everywhere. don't use one color in one area you like, spread it out so they are everywhere. this is how color harmony is created.
How can I stay motivated when drawing for a long time? time i don't do a drawing for a long time huh if i'm sitting down to draw or if i'm live streaming or something i'll only do it for two hours and usually just an hour between an hour and two hours no i force myself to sit for a long time um and that helps keep me from getting burnt and overexerted when i was when i was younger i would draw for 10 hours straight and i was totally fine but now i just keep it relaxed and if i feel like i got to a decent stopping point, then I'll just stop. finish a project what will end up happening is you will rush and the quickest way to mess up your artwork is to rush because that is when you make mistakes the second you rush is the second you make a mistake so I'm just trying to avoid that the best I can is it's also like a lot of my live streams I do I do them for the purpose of teaching and helping people get better at what they want to do and if I'm in the mood to rush , not only does my work suffer, but I also think that my explanation of what I'm doing suffers in the example I'm giving is very counterproductive to what I'm always emphasizing throughout my tutorials, one of the main rules that I attribute to be a good artist are: you have to do it, you have to do it. win to be patient and not rush your work and the number of comments I have received from people who say that I need to work to be patient eh it is countless I understand it like every other day I understand it every other day and many times it is from the same people, the same people, they just say it over and over again because it's like a lifelong struggle to be patient while you work so we all struggle to be more patient with our work let's see am I using a particular type? of pencils uh yeah I'm using polychrome pencils I'm not mixing them with any other brands sorry I missed your question earlier did I do the spheres and cylinders exercise last night oh you did oh yeah that's it great yeah it's good practice to establish that understanding of three dimensional shading, understanding how those objects and light interact with each other, it's really quite an important skill when it comes to creating your own subjects and scenes. and all of that um and I actually have a funny story about that so when I was still in college what class was it was um was it was multivariable calculus it was multivariable calculus and I had I had this midterm and uh it was relatively easy midterm uh calculus is pretty easy really fun i really like calculus um but um i ended up failing midterm because uh there was only like five questions and i went through like the second page or whatever i turned the second page and started working on the third page and then on the back of the third page there was a problem but what I had missed is that that first page when I turned to that first page is there was a one line problem a one line problem on the top on the back of that first page and when I turned it over the way the page curved I didn't see it I just thought when I turned it the page came up blank just because It came up a blank page and I was like oh ok so I flipped T over finished and continued working and I uh um you know I finished the test well I got the test back a few days later and I'm like a 62 or something and um I'm like what the hell is going on so I skimmed through it and didn't really miss anything important in the test.
I was like what's going on here and I looked at it again and when I flipped it over I saw that he had marked the wrong question on this page and I looked at the top and I saw that there was a question there. I was like oh my gosh how the hell did I not see this problem and the real irony of me missing this problem? it was the easiest problem by far in the test it was was by far the easiest problem huh and in the back the last problem was a significantly harder problem but still not that hard and you had to draw a graph and graph the shape that you uh that you're calculating the volume of and I really like drawing the graphs because I really go well, you know, draw three-dimensional objects in space regardless of perspective and, uh, I went straight to my teacher's office and I thought when I took this test I turned the paper over and explained to him what I just explained to you. that I missed that problem and I didn't see it in the test and I thought this is the easiest problem in the test by far and I said look I didn't have any problems with the last problem which is uh that's the hardest problem and um what reviewed and my teacher wasn't him he wasn't a lenient teacher by any means he was very very strict he was actually by far one of my favorite teachers uh throughout my college experience um and uh the only reason why that i tell you this story is because the graph the graph in the last problem uh appreciated my drawing skills so much uh that he decided to give me some extra points just for being artistic and so uh it always pays to be able to draw you know simple cylinders and other t 3 dimensional shapes in space so yeah that's my story about my calculus midterm which I almost failed but since I could draw 3 dimensional shapes so well my teacher gave me just a touch of extra credit to cushion the fact that i totally missed an issue at the back of the page thank you archnova sorry i was breaking a story and didn't want to interrupt by reading the comments so let me go back and see what questions i might have missed and if I didn't miss yours, you can always ask again, let's see, shading creates the 3rd dimension, not necessarily different shading will bring a different 3d quality to the work, but if you can, if you can look at cel shading in cartoons, it doesn't necessarily make the cartoons three dimensional but it does give them a touch of a three dimensional quality but they are still very obviously two dimensional i would say it has to say actively it has to be active and they have a light source set up at work so you start to get into it in the quality of the more three-dimensional work yes, I am self-taught thank you sketch for answering that question you are welcome arch and if you have Any questions for me I'll always be happy to answer I need to step away from my reference photo a bit it's a little too dark I mean too magnified I mean oh thanks I'm glad you like live streams I got intent on bringing a live stream like a week live stream back to my channel i just worked on a few things but most of you probably already know i won't i won't do the inktober uh i won't do inktober live streams this year and probably not going back to that at all huh but i want to bring back at least one weekly live stream here on youtube because i love hanging out with y'all and chatting and sharing my calculus stories.
You love my calculus stories I mean who doesn't love a good calculus story but uh to be honest with you I haven't been doing a lot of personal projects really none uh like this one here this is just I'm doing this for practice, I'm not doing it for a tutorial. i'm not doing this for any other reason so i enjoy doing art um and working on this is one i'm doing it to test paper i want to test this paper here and the other reason is i just want to practice doing a little uh you know portrait practice and realism practice using polychrome pencils uh how to start creating a good outline for a portrait um i think i have a live stream that is like two years old actually it might have been last year i dont know when but i did.
I did a live stream tutorial where I talk about creating line art. Really, everything you have to do right. so you just have to think about what you would draw wheremake it a thousand times easier and I might be more proficient if I had been if I'd been doing it for 20+ years my brain would be a thousand times more efficient at identifying those measurements on everyday objects or whatever let's see um looking at what i've done so far there's something that bothers me because to you it looks perfect um yeah there are two things that are driving me crazy right now but that's only because i haven't adjusted them the lashes on this eye they absolutely drive me crazy i don't I like the lashes on this eye, there's very little I can do about it at this point, but I'll be back once I fill in the skin more and try to make some adjustments, the other thing that drives me crazy. it's this brow but i haven't really done much on the brow i'm still using this paper here this is the vellum stonehenge legion white vellum uh i never really got along with the grid method i find it too restrictive uh yeah me i mean, I guess if you want to do something that's more fluid then I guess the grid method might seem a bit restrictive but the grid method is meant to be a way to get used to drawing things accurately because if you keep drawing things imprecisely , even subtle, it's hard to progress from that and the grid method teaches you to teach your hand to start following the way things really are because when I started using the grid method one of the things that I immediately recognized it was how awkward certain placements of things felt like I was drawing one eye and then I would start drawing the other eye and it would always feel like a man, this eye why does it feel so far away or why does it feel like it's so high up and then once I've got all the other components of the image in focus or sketched out or whatever, it all came together and it was like wow, you know, It felt so weird to have drawn that eye so high or drawn that nose so far to the left and then finally once the feeling wears off it's I feel like it's the brain in the hand communicating a little better than the grid method I call scaffolding, so instead of you knowing how to draw a bunch of lines I just visualize them in the theme um let's see you're welcome savannah uh you tried the grid method a few times and you like the way it shows you the lines right angles yeah yeah yeah the grid the grid method is so worth it because once you get good at using the grid method the way I think the progression should look is at the beginning. when you are you know everything the place and your precision is not good you draw really small squares because the smaller the squares you draw the more accurate your measurement and as you start to improve and build your confidence as your squares get bigger and as your squares get bigger. the bigger you get the more room you have to measure the um measure more with your eyes and this and you your squares grow bigger and bigger and they're like training wheels so the really small ones are like training wheels they're always on sitting on the ground and then as your squares get bigger it's like the training wheels are slowly lifted off the ground so it gives you more room to wobble back and forth but never really it will drop and then when it comes you like the squares that are really big that you can fit a whole eye in um your training wheels are high enough off the ground that if you lean too far you're going to fall off so only you can use it as a way to gradually Basically that's how I see it and I think that's the way the progression should go because as you get more confident with your drawing skills you know you see part s of the picture you're in like oh i can I draw that accurately?
I don't need to put tiny little squares to measure it. I can just draw it in a bigger square and then at the end of the day your square becomes as big as your whole. a piece of paper fits on it now, you just drew and micro measurements are mentalized instead of physically drawn lines. you should spend a couple of years working on it until it becomes second nature thats the same thing i feel happened to me and mixing colors when it comes to getting accurate colors i feel like i am a bit ahead of the game in that respect i can c measure colors and blend them really, really well with any medium, it doesn't even matter what the medium is because I spent so many years, like over a decade, essentially painting and color matching just the primary colors of black and white, so it just helped me internalize a basic color matching system that i'm so good at now i don't even think about it and it's hard it's hard to pass on it's basically impossible to pass on the experience i can't can i teach you everything i know but i can't give you my experience unfortunately not I can do that, so the best I can do is describe what I've been through to progress and what I've been through to get there? better at what I do and you can go that route or you can create your own entirely up to you, but I can share my techniques with you.
I can describe my thought process and other things to help you move forward as quickly as possible. I'm more than happy to do that I'm using faber castell yeah uh do I prefer polychromes more than luma um yeah um but mostly I use prismacolor I don't remember the last time I touched my luma pencils yes I haven't I haven't touched my pencils of luma in probably over a year I really can't remember the last time I touched them I always use my prismacolors for my tutorials because for beginners prismacolor is the best pencil because it's the cheapest and they're good enough quality for get professional looking work and then i would di ve, you know, buy your prismacolors, learn to love colored pencils and then get your polychromes and just color the world and don't even worry about unnecessarily expensive luma pencils, I would say by the degree to which the price increases from prismacolor to polychromos it's not worth it it's not worth it it's like four times the price per pencil when you get how much do you get luma pencils don't you get four times the increase in quality if you did then maybe there's a discussion there but not choosing colors is very hard um choosing colors should be one of the most fun aspects of planning your artwork , so if you find it, if you find it difficult, what you would do is try to try to see the colors that you like try to work with the colors that you like to see and see what you can do with them so I mean when if it's trying to do it perfectly and precisely huh matching a reference i can understand there might be a bit of frustration there if you don't have a lot of experience with color matching like i said i don't think much of it because i feel like it comes naturally at this point I look at one color and I'm like okay I'll use these three colors to get there but if it's not, if you're being a little bit more flexible and not totally concerned then try working with colors that you like to look uh i wonder if the picture of the lead and the pencil body is misleading uh i never look at this color and i never look at this color i just look at my color charts like you guys have seen my wall of color charts i no I don't even look at pencils like I don't look at them All I look at my color chart and say yes I need that color and then that's the pencil I take. much more than I anticipated, but only because I'm enjoying the conversation with you all, so don't blame me, it's all your fault, um, do I have any advice to break the bad habit of trying to exactly copy a photo if you're looking at it on the screen turn off the screen but i mean if you have it printed throw it away i mean once you get it to a certain degree once you get to a certain degree then branch out on your own and stop looking at it is probably the best advice because eventually you are going to start to drift away a bit.
Have I tried Derwent Light Fast pencils? No, because they have not been sent to me. If Derwent sends me his pencils, I'll try them, but I won't buy them. art i love digital art uh i can call you nova yeah no problem um yeah i love digital art actually a week or so ago i was looking at a bunch of digital artists on uh on youtube. to get more into digital art, yeah I want to get a little more into digital art, um, I've, I've made a lot of changes to my studio space, it feels a lot more comfortable and it's just more comfortable, I I don't know how I got studio lights so now I have two studio lights which make it hard to keep my eyes open but it's really nice to be able to see all the colors very accurately and um it felt like when I was working under the lights from my studio for the first time was like looking at my artwork for the first time.
It's like, oh my gosh, that's what I'm doing to the paper. All these years I have been making YouTube videos. I might as well have been drawing with my eyes closed or squinting or wearing sunglasses or something because I feel like I never saw anything until recently huh I use prismacolors for commissions yeah so the fade resistance thing light has permeated the world of colored pencils quite a bit, especially I think recently in light of Derwent's fast pencils, you know they're always, I mean, they even called them light-fast like um, if you're worried that your colors fade if you keep the drawing out of the sunlight, obviously no one hangs who hangs their artwork facing out of a window, so avoiding direct sunlight is nice. easy if you use a final fixer for your colored pencil work that is UV protective which will further extend the life of the colors and then if you frame it, if it's worth framing behind a UV protector lass and then it's hanging on a wall and inside someone's house you won't notice a change in those colors in your lifetime no matter how different the color is you won't even notice the change in your entire life you're talking about at least 60 years.
I wish I had the confidence to suggest that my artwork will be so valuable in 150 years that I'm going to worry about which colors are lightfast. I don't care I don't care so as far as a commission they'll be dead before those colors change so I mean the money I get from the commission I'm going to enjoy and they're not she's going to have something to complain about her whole life that's none of my concern that may seem like uh what's the word I'm looking for may seem a little inconsiderate but if you think of it as what I just described who cares about me there are only a few things that matter to me in life but that's not one that I do, I just don't have the energy to worry about things that don't matter to me or at least pretend that I care about things that really don't matter to me and if, say, for example, I like basketball, right?
I am not a sports fan by any means. I can't begin to worry about basketball. I just can't hit that switch. I do not can. I can pretend I care but deep down I know I don't care at all if basketball didn't exist my life would be better because then I would never have to meet a basketball fan but if I had to pretend I care about basketball , those deep feelings would still exist and that is the same with the immensity of colors of light. I just can't pretend to care. I probably talked about it for too long.
I don't even remember what the color was. I mean what was the question. I think the question was only about the fast pencils, right? No, there is a specific question about lightfastness. I try to read all. I try to read all the comments. I'm lovin 'it. questions i love answering questions so i try to read all the comments hey lelani i hope i pronounced your name right probably not hey whats up? Digital art is my favorite digital artist featured in the chat and if you don't know who Coffee Cat is then you are missing out. Go follow Coffee Cat on Twitch or she streams there, go to our website and read her manga. and his amazing artwork oh my gosh this document is so long to cover this area here oh you've been lurking ok yeah I know you're more of a stalker type that likes to stalk because often you're probably working on your own stuff while listening to me ramble on about all kinds of nonsense leilani ok leilani that's a good name i like that name leilani where are you from leilani i don't think i've come across anyone with the name leilani before oh hi rita new new to my channel welcome me apr Glad you come and hang out.
I'm glad you're subscribed. I appreciate all my subscribers, even the subscribers who always come to my peaceful pie episodes only to turn them down as they premiere. I don't know who does it. but i see you i even appreciate you because whether you give my video thumbs down or up youtube still sees it as an interaction so i'm totally cool with that totally cool with that you're more than welcome to think whatever. whatever you want, it makes me laugh because, um, when I do my My Pacific Pastel series premieres, I always feelthere in anticipation hoping that person who always turns down video before it's finished premiering and just makes me laugh um i haven't been able to catch streams in the wild yeah yeah well i haven't really streamed on youtube for a while so i always appreciate your company coffee cat so yeah yeah oh lucy i'll try. to remember that um i always try to always try to remember people's names if they have different screen names how can you come up with ideas to draw and combine them? uh i would say if you have an idea that you want to incorporate like other features i would say probably the best way is to collect a series of reference photos for example if you want a person standing a car and a bike or something you want those three subjects in whatever you're trying to create or maybe we're going with something. a little more uh weird let's say you want uh like mushrooms uh a snail and a butterfly let's say you want those three subjects in your scene or your artwork uh the first thing i would do if that was what i was planning on doing or incorporating them into my work, I would just go around and collect reference photos of those three items so I would look at photos of mushrooms I would look at photos of snails and I would look at photos of butterflies because I mean there are snails that can look a few different ways they all look pretty much the same But butterflies, on the other hand, can look like a million different shapes, they're all different colors and different shapes and sizes and whatnot, and looking at reference photos of butterflies is a bit narrow. deciding which butterfly i want and therefore collecting that information can be helpful and can also be inspirational maybe, maybe when you think butterfly you only think monarch butterflies so you have this image of black, orange butterflies and white but then you start looking for butterfly references and you're like oh wow I've never seen a butterfly look this cool before so all of a sudden now you have a totally new butterfly and a new rejuvenation of your inspiration to do the project on first of all and then of course you know there are a ton of different species of fungus out there so the same thing can happen there and then all of a sudden you have these three great reference photos and you just go uh ma maybe do a sketch of how you want them to interact, maybe you want the mushrooms to come out of the ground with the snail on top, with the butterfly coming down and the snail looking at the butterfly, I don't know, I'm just I'm just making up I'm trying random things, but I'd say the initial stage is just asking yourself what you're looking for and then trying to find as many references that help you create those themes and maybe tell a story about them. themes and once you have a little history of those themes you can start combining them into scenes that's the way I do it anyway I just think about the themes I want to work on and then bring them into a scene For example, I had a request to make a squirrel for my next cake project, a squirrel or a chipmunk, and I said, oh, I love squirrels, they're like one of my favorite animals, and I particularly love squirrels. red squirrels because their ears are so cute and s o I searched for reference photos of red squirrels and found a bunch of references that I liked and then I searched for references of chipmunks and again found references that I liked and thought how can I combine these two animals in one just project so i just put like a log in there and i dropped the squirrel in there and i dropped the chipmunk in there and had them look at each other and have this unspoken interaction and then the next tutorial The pastel one I start with will be from that little scene I made up with a squirrel and a chipmunk and that's about as deep as I tend to go in my projects but that's my process that I go through so I keep it relatively simple , I don't overthink I think overthinking things is probably the hardest thing to get over oh hi Nathan welcome have I seen sea snails?
I have not seen sea snails. Do you enjoy them? do i see jazz? No, no, uh, I work only from photos or do you think it's important to draw live? I don't necessarily think you have to draw live. I think it's a different aspect of art that's a lot of fun and I think it's just beneficial to do it, but I don't think there's anything wrong with just drawing from photos, I think a lot of it is perfectly fine, a lot of the things that I enjoy drawing. I don't have access to look in person, so photos are like the only option, but I don't think one is superior to the other.
Oh thanks, I'm glad you like the way the eyes look. I love pastels but I can't stand the sound of pastels on paper, yes it can be a bit unnerving at times. am i saying he's amazing or he's an amazing artist i do know jazza i know jazz i've seen his work before um and he's a great artist yeah i love his uh i love his style and all but as for uh content on youtube uh i don't watch it it's not particularly what i enjoy watching even though he's a great artist i don't mind seeing his work but watching his videos is different i think so i know the national park of hungry rock no no I don't think I've ever heard of it so oh thanks marlon I appreciate it. that's what I do I do tutorials on different materials no I don't mess around oh you mean coloring different materials oh yeah I mean I have I have so many tutorials um I don't know if I could list the number of different materials I I've got. done but there have been i mean a lot of different clothing material stuff i don't have gold tape i don't know if i've done i don't think i've done anything before but i definitely definitely like it as a patterned material like a flowered skirt, not flowered skirts specifically, but certainly as a print on fabric I don't think I've ever done a net I've never done a net like that I mean those are specific examples but um yeah I've definitely done several different types of stuff that you haven't done I decided to try colored pencils well I would say I mean if you like pastels um pastels if you like to work only with pastels I really don't know if there's any reason why choose. crayons unless you feel like doing so if you haven't decided then i don't know maybe just wait and see if you see any aspect of them later that you think looks tempting then you know to pick a small pack i could always pick a pack of 12 or a 24 pack of prismacolor or polychromos and um you know a little sketchbook like this and try a few things and see how they see how they feel for you but um you know you don't know you don't have to feel compelled to doing it if you're not sure then you know the location can be a clue that it might not be the medium you want to get into, especially if you're a big fan of pastels because the big difference between colored pencils and pastels is that colored pencils are very very slow and they are also very unforgiving as the mistakes you make are often quite permanent that that's not how pastels are pastels are very very friendly so if you like so those key features of that medium, then you know maybe you're not wasting the money on crayon supplies, but if they seem intriguing to you, regardless of those features, um, then just pick up like a 12-pack or something and I mean you can do a lot with a 12 pack of colored pencils too actually that's one of the things I'll probably do a video about sometime sometime this year I'm going to order a 12 pack and do something that doesn't seem possible with 12 colors because the blending potential with colored pencils is still very, very high, similar to pastels, so there's a lot you can do with just a few colors, I mean most of it. that i work on most of what i create with colored pencils i do with less than 15 colors so even if i dont have the specific colors i would use um there is still a lot of potential with only 12 colors eno Huge amounts of potential okay julie if you want to do uh if you want to learn how to do uh colored pencil portraits I actually sell them a course on my website um that specifically teaches you how to do a colored pencil portrait it's a course six hours, it takes you through my process of making a portrait and if you take those techniques and apply them, you know some other photographic reference or whatever, you can just follow the same procedure that I lay out in that course and end up with a result satisfactory depending on how much time you put into it but yeah if you're interested I have that course available and for anyone else who might want to learn how I do t portraits all the courses I sell on my website by the way I'm selling four of them huh right now i have two two pastel courses and two crayon courses all the courses i sell on my website are only ten bucks and last six hours so you get tremendous value actually ho this is quite possibly the cheapest crayon pastel course you can find on the internet and i do it because um i think the information if i if i could afford to give the information away for free i would I would and instead just give it away for a price I can still pay the bills with. do something if you isolate the color and apply the color where the values ​​change and then add the texture you can almost decompose almost everything just with that so oh hi gila and ali from australia capisce hello capisce from india i guess i could be wrong uh what a country i am I'm from the United States at the time, but I live in Poland, okay Diane, be careful, I don't do painting tutorials.
Over the years, I've done a few paintings on my channel, but I wanted something like this. I wanted my channel. getting a little bit more classified specific to colored pencils and pastels so that's what I focus on nowadays and that's just to help help create a little bit more cohesive audience it's kind of a marketing thing and if I did I do this for a living. I probably wouldn't care. if I don't I don't I don't do a lot of what works there's a lot more I could do that would help my channel but hey I just don't like doing it do I have a pastel portraiture course I don't have a pastel portraiture course but we're doing a path that we've done two or three pastel portraits on Patreon like you want a course too I mean we're in the middle of doing one it wouldn't change a thing honestly I think the fact that you're live streaming them it is more beneficial. that if i had to do a standalone course on pastel portraits i might do one in the future but i know you're on patreon so you know i know we're doing a pastel portrait sorry your question makes me laugh much. kinda but yeah I'll probably do a blackout course eventually but I don't plan on doing one anytime soon anyway maybe next year I'll have put off creating new courses though I should probably consider doing another course oh hi her or chesh i will probably finish streaming in like the next half hour i would like to i would like to finish this brow and maybe apply some of the skin base coats on top of it what am i looking for now? so let's apply some of the skin color up here on the forehead or uh i don't think i'm going to finish the forehead today.
There's a bit of skin texture that I want to try to capture. uh, it's subtle, but I really want to try to get that. show up just a bit even though the drawing here is a bit too small to make it realistically perfect so if I can at least fill in the forehead a bit I think I'll be in good shape maybe that will give me my brows here a little more in context and they won't look as awkward as weird caterpillars or whatever. I can also gauge this huh this side of the eye needs to be darker but I haven't gotten there yet I'll thank you shada art in games I appreciate that and welcome to the live stream.
I hope you enjoyed today's live stream. I always appreciate your company and your questions. i have y'all lovely people to hang out with i know y'all listen to some music i have i have the background music on bass for you but i don't hear that's all it's totally silent here for me and i would go absolutely crazy if I didn't I have them, so thank you for your company today. I'll have a new episode of Pacific Pastels Episode 6 on Wednesday of next week so stay tuned for that for anyone new to my channel. I do live streams twice a week every week on patreon Tuesdays are pastel tutorials and we are currently in the middle of a beautiful pastel portrait and this week we are starting a new colored pencil project and the colored pencil tutorials are Thursday I have a link for my patreon in the description of the live stream if you want to watch it, I always appreciate the support of everyone who signs up to patreon as this is what I do for a living so yeah I think that people who signed up for patreon and enjoy the tutorials I think I appreciate the level of detail I go into when explaining the process.
I think a lot of people have learned quite a bit from those tutorials based on their feedback, not just me, assuming thatthey have learned a lot. I have over 250 individual tutorials. which cover just about every topic you can think of, with the exception of what Diane mentioned. I have not made a golden ribbon. I have not made a floral dress or a skirt. What was the third one you mentioned there? it's the third one, I can't remember which one it was, but yeah, I didn't. keep in mind what you want to learn and we just finished an owl project crayon owl project that was a request from someone who said can you draw with crayons? and that was the next project so yeah if you want sign up that's what you can expect uh what co lored pencils i prefer for portraits prismacolor or polychromos um so when it comes to portraits it varies on which one i like uh well not necessarily portrait it is kind of like it varies on what my end goal is if I'm doing something that I want to be photorealistic hyperrealistic however you want to describe it then I want to use polychromes because their tips can hold a sharper point longer which makes it a lot easier but also their translucent colors allow for really color accuracy and since they are denser the way they lay down on paper is less clumpy so you don't get those weird waxy clumps you get from prismacolor or luminance, the luma also has the lumpiness um and that's what I like for photo realism huh because it's so slow it's relaxing and I also like um just mixing it up s with a paper blender i love i love blending the polychromes with a paper blender it's just my favorite it's so it's so delicate and so precise you can't do that with the prismacolor but i like the prismacolor for almost everything and they are great pencils and if i'm not if i'm not going through this really long slow process of precise color matching and details and stuff then i'll use prismacolor for portraits nine times out of ten sorry i don't want to miss anyone's question you Have a great day too nova I'm glad to hear that lucy yeah the whole quarantine thing that's been going on this whole year is it's been a big load on everyone and knowing that I maybe helped some people with the tutorials and the live streams and the videos and all of that um i'm glad I was a part of what helped you get ahead because I know I like some of the content creators and, uh, streamers that I've enjoyed watching for the last few months um you know they've given me a good source of entertainment and just sort of a distraction a healthy distraction through these tough times so I'm glad to be among someone who has helped me and not just caused unnecessary drama because i feel like that's all that gets played on the news oh you like the kawaka i did a few years.
Yes, obviously, it was on an interesting animal kick. I also did a pastel project of an um oh I'm going to oh I just had the name in my head um it's another Australian animal. I don't think it's a marsupial like a chatterbox, but um oh, what's his name? I can see the name in my head. It looks like a very hairy gerbil like a big gerbil. um, oh my gosh, what's his name. australia uh i made one in pastels a long time ago it's a it's a tutorial also on patreon um oh gosh that's going to drive me crazy someone save me please tell me what's the name of that capybara animal is it a capybara oh no one yes no one discovered it yet capybara yes, yes, yes, yes, I could remember, right? that's one of the most satisfying things in the world when you can't remember a word and then you go crazy like all day and then out of nowhere you're like a capybara and then everyone looks at you like that because no one was talking about it but you're super happy to finally remember what the word is.
I can't believe I remembered. I usually don't remember. I did a pastel painting of a capybara, uh, that's not native to Australia, oh, it's not. the forehead and then I'm going to smooth it out with my little paper blender and then I'm going to call it a day I've got some cleaning to do I also need some tea I need to make some tea and maybe maybe I'll start editing the cakes episode because I just finished recording it and transferred the video files to my computer, but didn't start the editing process. Let's see here. I need something.
I need something in this dark color. I need to darken this eye here. as dark as it should be pretty close but not quite oh cappy bars from south america interesting i didn't know that's interesting yes i did another realism with colored pencils last year around this time good memory um yeah i didn't know finish it on stream but did you see the end result? It's on Instagram. It's on Instagram. That was a really fun project. I spent about a hundred hours on it and it wasn't much bigger than this, but it was closer. like a much closer look at the eyes because it was just the eyes no nose or anything wait there was a nose there was a bit of a nose just the bridge no nostrils no hair either.
I've never tried photorealism with hair so this will be interesting g oh yeah that was the last drawing journal livestream uh if the paper blender is leaving a weird texture I'm probably pressing too hard because I don't press, I don't press really not at all with the blender just very very light pressure until i start to see the change i really want if any texture remains huh it will be the paper itself and not the one not caused by the blender because blenders don't really they can unless you're pressing on the paper the blenders themselves can't create texture uh i just want to add a little dimension to the face before i call it a day um if you guys if you ask me very much very kindly then maybe i will stream on monday too if i can get enough people in the chat to ask me to go live on monday then i might consider it but if no one says anything then i'll probably take the decision on my own.
Many? hours so far on this project I worked on it for two hours and this rday and then uh I've been streaming for three and a half hours or like three, like three hours, I'd say like four and a half hours yeah, so like four hours and average on this project because of course there were some moments where I wasn't really doing anything and I was just talking to you guys I think four and a half hours is a good round okay okay that might be enough people yeah that might be enough people to talk me into streaming monday i'll keep working on this so just so you know or maybe i'll do something different who knows ok let's do some yellow yellow is a very overlooked in skin, yellow is a really good way to tone it down like rosy reds as it pulls the red a bit more towards orange so you can get some really good values ​​like midtones or highlight colors midtones, want or say um by blending like peach skin color plus pinkish into a more yellowish color like th is here this color by the way is ocher yellow ok I'm just going to blend this huh I could talk to you for hours and you'd still love to listen, okay, maybe maybe i'll just sit there.
I'll just be sitting there on Monday. I will not do anything. No, I won't. I do not want to do that. I have to do. I have to do something. It could be fun though I'm really enjoying working on this portrait here I'm having so much fun working on this paper I'm going to have to order more of this paper in a larger size because that's really why I started this project in the first place o I started this portrait I only started this portrait because I wanted to try this role. I wanted to make sure that this paper really was a replacement for the original Stonehenge vellum and I can now say that I believe it is.
I think it's the replacement for the stone edged vellum I used to use all the time and then they changed it or something. Anything, for some reason I can't find it anymore so this is the paper I'm going to use for the pencils colored because it's lovely, well, with polychrome pencils, it sure is lovely with this particular technique, it's exactly what I'm looking for. uh, did i use a reference for this drawing? yeah yeah I have a reference for this person I'm drawing I don't know if I would be able to work this slowly um if I was trying to make a portrait out of my imagination if I was just going to make up a person.
I don't know if I would be able to put this level of patience into the project. If you were just making up a person, it could be a fun experiment. I do not know. I don't know if I want to do that in a live stream though that's just it feels like an embarrassing moment waiting to happen so okay I think I'm going to call this live stream obviously this project is far from be finished, but I think I'm going to call it a day. I have to do some cleaning, but I'm pretty satisfied with the shape. this looks so there's probably a better personal perspective for you guys to see what the paper looks like you can still see a little grainy texture here and here and some of the darker colors but with more layers it should start to smooth out , but it's kind of a small drawing, so you can put it in perspective with my hands next to it, but anyway, thanks for coming out and having a really fun time. monday and yeah other than that have a fantastic rest of your friday have a great weekend and i guess i'll see you on monday just make sure you're subscribed and get notified so when it starts streaming randomly you'll be will notify and also join the unmasked family facebook group link that's in the description because I'll also post there when it's about to start so yeah I'll see you on Monday take care peace you

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