Hello. Happy Saturday to the world. I had a lie in this morning, until 6am! Yes, that really is a lie in. I am taking a break from drawng today. I have been drawing for too long this week and am in too much pain. So l am chilling out with a cup of coffee and will have a lazy weekend doing the flagstone in the yard, baking pizza in our cob oven and going mushroom hunting, for morels, which is really fun. It is like looking for a pine cone in a field of pine cones! But when you spot one you feel so good. And l might just make a double batch of Candy Cap ice cream too, now l think about it, it doesn't sound like a lazy weekend! But it feels like it, so that's ok!
Now l told you that after l took the photos in my last post it all went horribly wrong. I had planned on a soft, blurry green background, and l added the first layers of green and l liked it - always a relief! Then l went to add some darker green areas. Well as soon as l put them n the paper, l hated them. And l mean hated them. The green was just wrong and all l could see when l looked at the drawng were green splodges. Screaming at me. My remedy was the worst thing l could have done. Add some more of the hated green to see if l could even it out!! Don't ever do that! At this point l looked at my seven whole days of work and it was ruined. It was horrible. I was considering if it would be possible to paint over the whole background with Inktense and then either use pencil on top or paint the background with the Inktense.
This is when l told myself to take a deep breath, not to panick and to think clearly! I didn't like the dark green l had used, so the first thing to do would be to try and remove as much of it as possible. Not easy with colored pencil. So l took the sticky tape and began using it with a pencil over all the areas that had the horrid green on them. To my surprise l was able to lift a lot more of the color than l thought l would. But l was left with a vibrant green stain.
So the next logical thing was, if it cannot be removed, change it. So l took my trusty Magic Palette at this point (if you don't know what one of these is, see my page on mixing color, l will add the link at the bottom of this post). I was not feeling like relying on my own judgement at this point! So l looked for the closest shade to my vibrant green on the Magic Palette and looked across the line for the sort of green shade that l wanted, and saw that l needed to add Raw Umber, or l could have got a similar shade with Paynes Grey. So l took a Raw Umber pencil and worked it over all the horrid green, blended with OMS and hey presto! horrid, vibrant green vanished. I knew then that l could make it ok again.
The shot you see below is at the end of the day after remedying the problem. I worked more n the background again the next day, but l was happy to leave it here as l knew it would be all right.
There are a couple of lessons to be learned here. The first l think, is that if it starts to go wrong, don't just plough on regardless, but STOP. Take your time to think about what you need to do. The solution may be obvious once you have given it some thought.
The second lesson is one l have learned many times before ..... just keep working, layer over layer until it looks good. Don't give up.
l did end up pretty happy with the background. It did what l wanted it to do. And the finished picture is now available in my shop as prints, bags and phone cases.
That is all from me this gorgeous Saturday morning, l hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy drawing!
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