I have a Strathmore black drawing paper pad that I bought for colored pencil drawings. Unfortunately after a few attempts, I came to the conclusion that colored pencil is too testing for my patience and on black paper, that’s even more so. A drawing like the following, to reach the desired effect (smoother skin, brighter color etc.), would need probably another 20 to 50 layers of coloring (or skills I don’t have to begin with):
So what to do with the rest of the paper? Gouache came to mind because the colors come thick and don’t need much water (or at least you can use it that way).
I very much like the effect, but as you can see there are wrinkles on paper caused by accidental water drops.
Here’s another one:
After I did these paintings, I found out that Stonehenge actually has a line of black watercolor paper. Order placed already, and stay tuned!
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Have you used pastel pencil on your black paper? I found the medium builds up quickly. Might be worth a trial to overcome the frustration you had in creating a portrait in colored pencil on black. A pastellist started me us the brand Stabilio Carbothello pastel pencils. I would never use anything else!
Good idea. I love Stabilio Carbothello pastel pencils, but I haven’t tried it on black paper yet. Thank you for the input!
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Sure. Look forward to seeing how it goes for you!