Tutorial: Light My Way
Instructor: Patsy Deal
Instruction Type: Step by Step Video
Courseware: Colored Pencil Club 3
Medium: Prismacolor Premier
Surface: Stonehenge Cream
Hours: Approximately 50 hours
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This is the first tutorial I ever finished. I found it a lot of fun and because you use the texture of the paper to make the image look rougher and older, it took the pressure off and was so much fun to work with.
Patsy Deal does an extremely good job of teaching her way through this 34 video tutorial. In the beginning she gives you the option of doing the globes in two different ways which was really good to see. Along the way you get to see her adjust things and change things and this was much better than seeing the “perfect” tutorial. You learn so much more from seeing how to fix things or adjust things as you go along.
This tutorial is part of a collection of 23 tutorials that are available for 12 months – October 2016 to October 2017. Based on this first one they are definitely worth the cost. I am looking forward to completing my next project with this team of wonderful artists.
Things I discovered:
Stonehenge Paper: I don’t think I like Stonehenge paper, unless it works better with an OMS. The blue lantern I attacked with a heavy hand, probably too heavy for the “oldness” of the piece, and expected the lantern to stay beautifully rich and shiny. Instead after a day or so, I found pieces of the Stonehenge paper showing through…. Great for this project, but not for anything you want to be pristine metallic. Its something I will be considering before choosing this paper again.
Magic Tape: Scotch Magic Tape is supposed to be easy removal tape, however, because this project took me quite a few weeks to complete, it pulled up pieces of the paper as it was removed. Luckily it did not pull anything from the image itself, but it definitely shredded the paper around the edges (where it wouldn’t be seen if you framed it). This could possibly be a fault of the stonehenge paper rather than the tape also, but only time and experimentation will tell.
Provided Line Drawings: Always, Always check the provided line drawings against the finished image of the project you are going to be completing. Things are not always the same, and this can become frustrating during the learning process. In this case, the shoe is different, and several other bits and pieces needed adjusting along the way also.
What do I think of my final image? This is my 5th coloured pencil piece, but the first one I have completely finished (others coming soon). I am happy with the outcome, though I know there is so much more I could improve. I am pretty heavy handed with the pencils, but adjusting to suit a lighter hand I think is not going to happen for me no matter how hard I try (I think I’m too impatient). So instead I try to adjust the outcome to suit my hand. My final piece is different in a lot of areas from the original, but I still like it.
Would I recommend this tutorial to absolute beginners? Yes, though you might want to complete some basic tutorials first on blending and the use of colored pencils. The videos turn this intermediate project into something a beginner can follow quit easily. The tutorial contains lots of tiny areas, lots of details and lots of blending, but being able to see it done makes it so much easier.