Friday 3 June 2016


I finally got bored with the turban but reached a stage where its just about completed barring some tweaks once I've got skintones and hair/beard in place

Yet again the weather has been pretty awful here and so this photo is taken in artificial light and looks a bit dark - I'm working solely with Polychromos pencils on Derwent watercolour paper which is white, not grey as it appears here

We're selling raffle tickets (to win a Mini Cooper) for the Air Ambulance charity tomorrow so no more time for art until Sunday


  1. Oh Sue!!!! This is coming along so beautifully!!!! The folds in the turban is fabulous! I just bought some colored pencils and I really hate them because it's waxy and it doesn't do well with erasing which I unfortunately (Derwent). I'm going to keep looking until I find nice ones. I've never heard of polychromatic pencils....they seem to be good for you!! Do you recommend them?

  2. he looks great so far :) great job with the turban

    been kinda grey here too today, bring back the sun! lol even if it gave me a sunburned nose :p

  3. Wow! That turban looks great! Glad to see you working on a new painting!

  4. Hi Hilda
    I started out using Prismacolors and Derwent Colorsoft but soon found them too soft for fine detail - Ok for larger areas and they do blend beautifully. I then 'mixed and matched' using Derwent Studio/Verithin pencils (which are harder) together with the soft ones. But at the moment I'm hooked on Faber Castell Polychromos which are oil based so you don't get 'wax bloom' if, like me, you use a lot of layers/blending. I think you can buy them in the USA but they're more expensive than Prismas/Derwents.

    How do you erase? With coloured pencil I lift colour out using BluTack and for more precise erasing/small areas I have a Tombow Mono Zero eraser.

  5. Hi Jennifer and Jan.
    No chance of sunburn in Whitstable Jennifer ... haven't seen the sun here for a fortnight! Never mind, we're off to Fuerteventura next week so will get my sunshine fix there.

    Thanks Jan ... thought it was time to stop procrastinating and put pencil to paper ... I now have so many photos in my 'to do' ref. folders I find it hard to decide which one to draw. Perhaps I should leave the camera at home for a while.

  6. Sorry the weather is so lousy Sue. But at least you can get away from it all. The Indian is coming along well. The eyes are so impressive.


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