Color with me – The Lake from Skymnings Timman, day one

Lets try out Derwent Procolours live this time! You’ll get my impressions as we go along but feel free to use other brands, just aim for similar shades, the exact shade really doesn’t matter. Anyway the plan is to try out Derwent Procolours and also in the end see how blender markers work on them (or work in general). So if that’s something you’re interested in, stay tuned! We’ll work in Skymnings Timman by Maria Trolle this time. By the way, feel free to request books you’d like me to visit and pencils as well, we’re not stuck with Prismas as mandatory pencils at all 🙂

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Procolour (set of 72)
Pencils listed in order of appearance (note, no repeats in the list). Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Copper Beech
  • Burnt Yellow Ochre
  • Champagne
  • Chocolate
  • Sunset Gold
  • Cedar Green
  • Moss Green
  • Light Moss
  • Midnight Blue
  • Blue Grey
  • Spruce Green
  • Distant Green
  • Turquoise Green
  • Mineral Green
  • Nutmeg
  • Vandyke Brown
  • Sepia
  • Felt Grey
  • Sky Blue
  • Sap Green

To begin with, these pencils are much harder then Prismas, which I’ve grown very used to since I use those mainly for videos (due to the fact that most of you have Prismas). Anyway, these are a lot harder. They’re softer then Derwent Artists but definitely harder then Faber-Castell Polychromos, which they are constantly compared to. They are definitely more for people with a very light hand, which I’m not 😀 I can be but I prefer faster work when coloring, I’m not the person to spend seven hours on a background. Which is absolutely fine and dandy if you do, I just think that there’s no need to do anything I don’t really enjoy since this is a hobby and real life has those MUST-DO-THIS things way too much anyway.

Anyway. Just a little first impression of the pencils. As for the image itself, it’s a good idea to do warmer tones on the foreground tree and cooler on the back since cool shades recede and it helps to communicate that the tree on the back is farther away. Also you can totally add other shades to the leaves so they’re not really just a patch of boring green. Go even more nuts then I did, I just added a mild touch of blue and yellow but you can totally do anything you want, pink, red, purple, sky is the limit here. Trust me, they will benefit from it.

End result of day one:

Next week we’ll continue with this and impressions of Derwent pencils. And I also have a book review in the works so see you soon!

All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – trees
Day two – lake, some foliage
Day three – everything else, finishing touches

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