ART BYTE 33 – COLORED PENCIL

Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil, 2017,therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil, 2017

Recently my son bought me a set of Prismacolor™ colored pencils. I started experimenting with them using some little outline designs I already had in a sketch book. Being wax-based they blend smoothly, but the tooth in my paper allowed a lot of texture and tiny little white spots to show through. You can see it in the version above.

So I went over it with a blending pencil. This covered most of the white spots and gave a smoother appearance as you can see in the version below.

Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil blended, 2017,therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil blended, 2017

However, while cropping the scanner versions for this post, I noticed that the color – particularly the pinks – seemed washed out, and some texture still came through even though it’s almost invisible in the original.  So I decided to see if a photograph would show the artwork better. The version below was photographed with the camera on my Android phone.

Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil blended 2, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sun, 6 x 6, colored pencil blended 2

As you can see, the textures are more subdued. However in the camera version, the color changed. The oranges and yellows are now more saturated than in the original and the blue-green is not green at all. I played around with the color tools in Gimp trying to get color truer to the original but everything I did to one color altered the other ones as well. I’m nowhere near an expert at using editing software, but this brings up and interesting problem in publishing artwork online or even in books.

Compare, for example. these versions of Monet’s Impression Sunrise.

Impression, sunrise, 1873 - Claude Monet   Image result for impression sunrise claude monet

Image result for impression sunrise claude monet   "Impression, Sunrise"

There are many more of them online. I prefer the one on the top which came from Wikiart. However the important thing is not which version I prefer but what the artist intended it to look like. The only way you can know for sure is to go to Paris and see it for yourself.