I actually started today’s coloring with a bit of a color plan. It was one of those “use lots of different shades” kind of days and I wanted to gradually shift color tones so that the outer edge would frame the picture with cool blue shades.

Here’s a slide show with my step by step progress:

About the pencils:  You may have noticed how some of the colored areas have a very smooth texture and others emphasize the surface of the paper texture more. The smoother areas are where I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils which are an oil based pencil. The grainier areas are my Derwent Coloursofts which are wax based. Both types can give a huge range of difference appearance effects, but at my favorite level of sharpness and coloring pressure, coloring on a soft surface (several sheets of paper underneath) Polychromos tend to be smoother for me and Coloursofts a little less smooth.

The difference in the smoothness works very nicely when adjoining areas are close in shade but you’d like them to look rather distinct and separate.

Today’s book: More Flowers – For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers

Colored with: Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils.

Faber-Castell Pencils on top, Derwent Coloursoft on bottom.

Faber-Castell Pencils on top, Derwent Coloursoft on bottom.