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Let us have a complete restoration of America!!
***PLEASE don't pave one more beautiful pasture,
***PLEASE don't cut down one more tree,
***PLEASE don't build another building,
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Update, well, what can I say.  Not every painting makes it and this one
got the old alcohol wash and is a fresh board waiting for another painting
to be put down on it. :)
I don't normally draw out my compositions (only in thumbnail sketches),
usually only a quick sketch. For my thumbnails, I was using Tombow pens
and decided to use them on my board too. Here is the preliminary value
drawing. 8x10 on Ampersand Pastelboard. Now for some color!!


Doug Wasilieff said...

I've never heard of that before, Paula. Something new. I can't wait to see the outcome. Good luck.

Paula Ann Ford said...

Hi Doug, Tombow pens come in lots of colors, but they also come in black, and several grays. I use them to do thumbnail value studies. If you don't want to use a pencil for value studies, try Tombow Black N15, medium gray N59, and light gray N79. Thank you, Doug!!

David King said...

Cool idea Paula! Gives me the idea of doing a complete underpainting using tombow pens, I have a good assortment. You can do washes with them as well. The only issue is they are not lightfast, but for an underpainting that shouldn't be a significant issue.

Paula Ann Ford said...

Hi David, Yup, that would be good because the pastels would cover it all up, so who cares if they aren't lightfast :) I used to do underpaintings with colored markers, but I like the values of grays better. I've always used grays and blacks in my landscapes, but this way, the tooth doesn't get clogged from the ink. Anyway, anything to stimulate the creativity within!!!