Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wouldn't You Like to be a Pepper Too? - WIP

This is 5" x 7" on Ampersand Pastelbord (I recently learned I had been spelling it wrong). The underpainting, this time, is with Staedtler triplus markers. I have loved working with the Inktense and Neocolor II's and they are legal products for CPSA exhibitions. But now I've decided to try the markers, since the CPSA entries are done.

They are definitely more brilliant...LOVE THAT! I have never worked with them as an underpainting, so let's hope the colored pencils go over them nicely. One drawback that I've noted so far is that they take much longer to dry than the watersoluble products like Inktense and Neocolor II's. I also don't have any info on their lightfastness qualities, but I'll be doing some research....especially if I am happy with how this turns out.

One good sign is that it does resemble a pepper top at this point. It's going to be a colorful but yet green pepper.


Jennifer Rose said...

This is gorgeous! Really nice and bright under painting :)

How did you keep the markers from leaving a streaky effect? (when the marker is laid down and overlaps the pigment already there)

Jeanette said...

I've never tried these markers so see how you get on with them.

The result so far is fabulous. This could stand on its own right now as a psychedelic image. But I'll wait to see you work your magic and make it turn green. :)

Cindy said...

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your remarks.

The markers have a drying period here in CO of about 24 hours. They actually sort of bleed into the pastelbord. So any stroke marks just disappear. The coverage with the Staedtler markers is very good even with the pointed brush nib.

Cindy said...

Hi Jeanette!

I usually approach most of my pieces with some sort of underpainting with a value structure. So I'm pleased to hear that you think it could stand on its own.