My latest commission was to draw the name of a little girl named Stella Blue along with her birth date. The client informed me that Stella’s room is painted Tiffany blue. Also that her house is decorated entirely in a modern style, with clean lines and lots of white.
With that information, I came up with the basic design idea. The client and I chose as the medium colored pencil wash. I use Turpenoid to liquify the oils in the pencil, thereby creating a watercolor-like wash. You get more color saturation this way, and you can blend multiple pencils to fine-tune your color. Both the light blue and dark blue colors are the result of mixing three pencils each. (Incidentally, the wash technique was the topic of my recent Drawing Techniques class.)
I rarely use color when drawing, but I can definitely see elements of my usual style in this composition — the use of flat shapes and heavy contrast. It would be interesting to recreate one of my black-and-white pieces using color this way…. I am inspired by this piece to consider bringing more patterns into my b&w drawings. Many of the pottery-painters who inspire me incorporated complex patterns….
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STELLA BLUE!