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The Techniques section has been split into two parts.

The earlier one dealt with General Techniques applicable to using Coloured Pencils

In General CP Techniques


This second one deals with matters more specialist to working Landscapes

Listed at the outset are the original pages moved from the old layout

Landscape Points

Clouds and Skies

Trees 1 (the Structure)

and Trees 2

Bricks Stone & Tiles

There are also a number of tutorials that cover landscape techniques

SEE LANDSCAPE TUTORIALS

for more information




SO YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE TECHNIQUES FOR LANDSCAPES ?


Some would say that they are not a lot different from the techniques for  

any other type of subject in Coloured Pencils.


It does help to see how other people tackle a landscape subject though.

Where do you start ?

Is there an ideal process ?


I believe the best way to understand the answers is to see how an artist thinks through the process.

For this reason, the site here includes a large number of ‘step by step’ examples.

I suggest that you read through some of the exercises listed below.

One or two have involved discussions with outsiders

Some detail the thought process and the choices and decisions taken.

Have a look at the following :


Grand Union

A canal scene which has been used for courses over several years.

The content is not very detailed but the process is explained clearly for building up an underpainting with watercolour pencils

and completing the picture with wax type pencils ( or watercolour pencils used dry )


Allerford

This is a very detailed exercise and involved discussions over the Internet with a group of students

who worked the picture simultaneously and their debates are included together with images of their finished work

This exercise is spread over many pages of notes


Coventry Canal

Another canal scene - this time a more open landscape, the picture completed in a more ‘line and wash’ style


Tavy Rocks

An older exercise with less in the way of notes,

but showing how to reduce some of the detail in an involved photo reference.  

A scene on a small river on the Devon border


Welsh Water

This is a stream picture completed by Daryl Cogavin, a student on several of my courses

It was completed as a series of postings on the Old Topics Blog threads and is now re-posted here

In the ‘Topics Talk’ section.  There is another of Daryl’s pictures of Venice shown being completed on the same page


Aix en Provence

Another series of pictures showing the build up of a street scene in Southern France


Trees above the Harbour at Polperro in Cornwall

Buried in the topic on trees, there is a short step by step of some of the work involved in showing

solid areas of trees in the distance. You might find this useful.


Brokken Bridge

Is a recent addition to the site and covers the completion of a river and bridge in Northern England u

Using mainly watercolour pencils


There are several other step by step exercises

which are listed in more detail in the main section on Step by Steps


Using Pastel Pencils,

there is a detailed Step by Step

of Annecy Reflections




I have not listed any more of the Pastel Pencils Step By Steps here, though there are several

which you can find through the Step by Step section above or within the

Pastel Pencil and Mixed Media sections



I hope you found this useful

A look at some of the topics that are of concern to anyone undertaking a landscape in Coloured Pencil Landscape  Techniques



An Example of a Landscape

Worked in Watercolour and Dry Point pencils.


The original reference was an old black and white photograph taken of the farm in around 1949.


The picture was worked on Fabriano 5

Hot Pressed paper, stretched in a special frame.

The initial drawing was in light colour  

using Caran d’Ache Supracolor soft pencils.

The next stage involved working shading layers of dry Supracolor pigment on to the dry paper,

followed by a brushing out of the colour

with a damp Watercolour brush.


Once the surface was dry,

Further layers of colour were worked on to the surface using Faber Castell Polychromos Dry Point pencils




Coloured Pencil Picture dated July 2011


The reference is © Edwin Smith 1950

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