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At several points in the history of Pencil Topics, we have run tutorials which have involved a group discussion and had a number of readers getting involved with working along. Three of these tutorials are listed in the step by step examples which appear as separate topics in this section : Allerford was the first one, The canal walk at Hopwas was the second, and the Rialto on the Grand Canal in Venice was the third in 2017. GROUP Tutorials on line.
These start with a discussion on the Topics Talk Facebook Group. If you are a member of this group, you may already know how they work and may have taken part before. If you are not a member, then you just have to ask. Contact Peter via the contact link. There is no cost and you work along just as fast or as slowly as you wish. Details of the 2019 tutorial and discussions will be added below as they are edited from Facebook and transferred across.
Heidelburg Gate Probably pastel pencils on Pastelmat I had an idea to do a pan pastel and coloured pencil scene based on the entrance gate into the old walled City of Heidelburg in Germany. The scene was initially discussed with a small group on Facebook, and I made a start on Pastelmat to develop the picture in advance of the main discussions with the group. The picture did not go well. I made further attempts but the scene simply wouldn’t go as I saw it in my mind. In the end I aborted the picture as I saw no point in trying to teach from a picture and an idea that was going badly. The tuition needed me to have a picture developing that I was happy with. I started again on cartridge paper and did the picture in soluble ink and coloured pencil. This one succeeded but it wasn’t the picture that I set out to do. Still, I excorcised the devils and put the Heidelburg gate picture ‘to ‘bed’. The next step will be to start again with the group and select a scene and a medium that we all want to do and that there is a chance of working well ! This will not now be until the start of April as I have a course to teach at the end of March. For those of you who might be interested, the Heidelburg picture in Ink and CP fnished up looking like this………..
I won’t show you what the aborted tutorial version in Pastel and CP looked like ! This version on the right was on Cartridge paper, Waterman Sepia Fountain pen ink in a fountain pen ( with a fine nib ), Brushed in with clean water Dry Polychromos and Pablo Coloured Pencil on top to develop the selected areas of colour. Much of the background is just as the washed in ink was left