Did I say I was going to draw this twice? I promised I would draw it on two different papers in my last post Spot the Difference.
What came to pass was that I finished the drawing on the Velin BFK Rives. It was perfect to me; dramatic and full of light. I loved it – but I couldn’t bear the boredom of completing another version of it on a different kind of paper. When I had initially written that I was going to do this exercise, one of my friends from Pencil Art Society (Canada), Erica Lindsay Walker, made the following comment, “Doing the same piece twice is something I have never done. I think I would find it incredibly hard to do as when I finish a piece I am generally drained and have said all I want to say about it”. Erica’s comment could not have summed up more perfectly my own experience. I found myself rushing the second version, full of impatience. That was no way to be so I decided to stop.
There isn’t much point showing you the half-completed work on the Pescia. I won’t throw it away. I will put it in a folder and perhaps return to it some time in the future. In my last post I wrote that I have drawn this piece already, back in 2005. Here is an image of that decade-old drawing which I called “Lilac Geisha”.
The difference in the colours is mostly because I drew this before I had digital photography equipment. Therefore the image you see here is from a scan of a photo of the drawing.
The exercise was completely successful even though I didn’t finish it. What did I learn? I learned that Velin BFK Rives produces dramatic results. I do not have to be afraid of this new paper. I also learned that my own attitude is far more important than which paper I am using. What I mean is, even though I had my old favourite Pescia paper in front of me, I knew I would not be able to get a good result because I wasn’t having fun any more. I have to delight in the drawing process, not rush while constantly checking the time.
Artists using coloured pencils who want a sharply photo-realistic finish (and there are many of you) will not want a bar of this paper. The pencil marks are noticeably more expressive than marks made on a smooth paper. If you are not after a perfect airbrushed end result and you don’t mind the paper’s tooth showing through, you might want to give it a try. In using Velin BFK Rives you will go against the coloured pencil fashion of hyper-realism.
Afterword: September 2015. I DID finally finish the second version on Pescia paper. Here it is.
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