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PENCIL TOPICS

Step By Step and Exercise Listings


A number of these are listed above and can be accessed by using the link buttons.

A full listing is given below and includes other step by step projects within the site

See the next Topic - ‘Introducing Step By Steps’

for more information on how to approach working one of these exercises


BASIC and BEGINNERS

All old exercises


Basic Shapes    

to establish simple layering techniques using wax type pencil


Fruit Bowl

looks at more  ways of making marks suitable for the subject ( wax type pencils )


Two Pears

The basics of using watercolour pencils


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LANDSCAPE


Polperro Harbour (B)

A small scale exercise introducing buildings and boats ( wax type pencils )


Rectory Garden Archway

An exercise involving more serious landscape methods ( wax type pencils )


In the landscape Techniques section, is a popular step by step that has been going for several years

and still gets a lot of attention.  This is done using aquarelles with wax type pencils used on the top

Grand Union


Also on this theme there are 8 pages of notes on

Allerford Packhorse Bridge

(watercolour pencils followed by wax type )

A very detailed exercise

showing a range of methods for approaching a landscape with buildings


In January 2017 a new watercolour pencil exercise has commenced with a group of interested readers

working along and getting involved in discussions about techniques

Venice Grand Canal - The Rialto Fish Market

Will be developed over several weeks ( months ? )

And will eventually appear here in edited form much as the Allerford step by step



There is a relatively new (2014) step by step

using watercolour pencils,

of a bridge and river scene in the Yorkshire Dales near Ingleborough

Brokken Bridge

This has been posted up as a PDF exercise to download.  There are the original photos to work from.


The Bowerman Stone

An old course exercise showing the working of a stone surface in a landscape

The Bowerman Stone is a natural granite ‘Tor’ on Dartmoor in Devon


Tavy Rocks

An exercise in developing a photo reference to produce a picture with a number of changes

Completed in wax type pencils


There is also a fairly simple Step by Step exercise shown in the Aquarelles Section

‘Cottage Garden’

Which shows many basic techniques for watercolour pencils


There is a completed Exercise (August 2012) showing the thoughts and techniques

involved in  completing a study of an

Italian Street Scene

This started in July 2012 and was finished on August 15th 2012


Also in the Aquarelles section are two explanations that show the steps for producing

1 Backgrounds using a spray method

And 2 Simple tree foliage using watercolour pencils


Also in the Aquarelles section is are 2 pages of detailed step by steps

using watercolour pencils in a line and wash technique

Coventry Canal


In the Pastel Pencil Section you will find

A still life study of a Small Pot

Which shows the basic techniques used in pastels and pastel pencils


And a long Step by Step example of a scene in Annecy, France

Which was completed at the request of Caran d’Ache as a commission

and will be used by them as part of their launch displays throughout Europe

Annecy Reflections

Is split into two separate ( long) pages due to it’s considerable detail


In the Coloured Paper department is a step by step of

A jar of sweets

Completed with wax type pencils on black paper


In the section on Trees ( Trees 2 )

Is a set of notes showing the development of a headland of trees above the harbour at

Polperro


In the Art Points section there is a small explanation of a way of drawing the shape of small boats

Drawing boats


Amongst MIXED MEDIA Tutorials

You will find


Cottage Entrance

An Exercise on black paper of the entrance to a Lakeland cottage in the early 1950’s

Completed with a Pastel Pencil underpainting with final stages in Faber Castell Polychromos


And

‘Archway’

Which is also Pastel Pencil based with CP over the top

This is a scene of the entrance to Bellapais Abbey near Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus



There are also a number of small Step by Step tutorials

which have been used in the past by course students but have now been superceded and are no longer used during courses.

I will be adding these progressively to the site

Some are very quick and simple, but may be of interest.


There are over 20 exercises listed below which are given as detailed examples of working a picture step by step.   The pencil types differ and the exercises vary a great deal in the amount of detail they give

- from the 8 pages of Allerford Bridge

Through the 2 page examples to the very quick and easy ones.


All will provide some benefit for you in trying them out

and will teach you some of the techniques that you can then go on to use in your own pictures


I have over 40 step by step projects that I use for my courses.  These are just a few of them.


PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT SOME OF THE EARLIER EXERCISES WERE LAID DOWN NEARLY 10 YEARS  AGO

My own pencil skills were not as developed then, and some of the Step By Steps are pretty basic

However, if you are just starting out on this journey, you might appreciate seeing where I came from in 2006  !!!

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IMPORTANT NOTE


In 2017 this web site is being entirely re-written

using a new software package.

The old (Serif) software is no longer sold or supported,

and a new, more up to date, software programme will be used


There will be a major reduction in page content from the over 200 pages at present

down too nearer 100 pages.


I wish to put in the most useful parts of the site but keep the overall site size down to be more easily manageable.  This means that some of the current list of Step by Step exercises will be dropped.  

I NEED TO KNOW WHICH EXERCISES MY READERS FIND THE MOST USEFUL.

PLEASE CONTACT ME TO TELL ME WHICH ONES YOU FEEL MUST BE RETAINED.

IF I DON’T HEAR FROM YOU, I WILL HAVE TO TAKE A GUESS