These are two illustrations of the same subject using a different atmospheric color gamut for each. They are colored pencil on 2ply bristol paper.
In August of this year the Corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, bloomed at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is a sequence of photos of the process I used in creating this drawing using graphite and carbon dust.
The initial contour drawing on Strathmore 500 series semi-smooth bristle
I began by brushing on carbon dust to establish some soft light to middle values. Then I started to draw in the details of the folds of the blossom with an F graphite pencil.
I continued adding carbon dust for the soft shading followed by graphite for the details of the folds.
The upper-most part of the blossom is mostly carbon dust.
The finished piece with labeling,
I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.
This is the contour drawing done with a #B pencil
Using the same #B, I rendered the light side in one continuous tone being sure to save the high light a little bigger than I saw it. Then I used #2B to indicate the shadow side in one continuous tone, several steps darker than the light side.
This is the finished drawing. Notice that I did not lighten the shadow side to indicate the reflected light, rather I only darkened the core shadow which makes the reflected light appear lighter than originally done.
This is what the camera saw.