Saturday, January 31, 2009

Water Lilies

"Water Lilies", 2008
Prismacolor colored pencil on paper, 5 1/4" x 9"

This drawing was made from a reference photograph taken by my daughter in the Chicago Botanic Garden. The dark water is many layers of color, black was not used.
Prismacolor colored pencils are wax-based and are susceptible to wax bloom, especially dark colors. The wax rises to the surface and creates a gray haze. It can appear on the drawing surface after a week. The haze can be wiped off with a facial tissue or cotton ball, but be sure not to remove pigment or smear the piece by using too much pressure. Wax bloom can be prevented by spraying the finished piece with fixative. I use several light coats of Workable Fixative.

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