This piece was inspired by traditional costumes of Russia. There are a lot of details in the costume that I was curious to see how they would come out. Since colored pencil drawings come out really good when colors are properly layered, it is important to go slow, layer-by-layer. So, I decided to go slow with the work and not try to finish it all in one sit.
The canvas size is 14″ x 17″ to make it a bit more challenging. Pencil brand “Prismacolor” as they are preferred for soft texture. Somebody suggested smudge sticks in the online portrait painting group, so I decided to give it a shot.
Overall, smudge sticks don’t work to the same extent as they do with graphite or charcoal. But they still help to blend colors together and add smoothness.
Progressing thru the costume to get it to the stopping point before deciding on the background. Additional details will have to be adjusted later on to add contrast, but for now the main portion is closer to completion.
I have to admit that after couple of days of looking at the drawing, I did take a lazy route. The background was finished with pastel pencils. White colored gouache used to place what should be a snow on the fruits.