Hello Citizens of The Blogosphere,
I’ve only been to Hawaii once, it was on a cruise several years ago. I remember it being a calming and beautiful place, with a clear sky, plants and flowers everywhere and a deep blue ocean. To commemorate my trip, I purchased a faux kukui nut necklace. The necklace is composed of kukui nut shaped beads made of plastic, strung on a dark brown ribbon. To this day, this necklace is still one of my favorites and it inspired the art piece I will share with you today.
After inspiration struck, I got to work…
The first thing I did was create a light pencil sketch. After I was happy with the composition, I darkened some of the pencil lines so that I could easily see them as I colored.
When the drawing was complete, I gathered my colored pencils. For this piece, I used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.
I rarely have a set plan for the exact colors I’m going to use in a piece, but I do typically have a general idea of what I want the piece to look like. Often times, I like to start off by coloring the main figure and then work my way out to the background. This is so I can ensure that I select a background color that is compatible with the skintone.
After her skin and facial features were done, I began to work on the objects in the foreground, such as the flower in her hair and her kukui nut necklace.
For her hair, I decided to use different shades of blue to mirror the deep blue Hawaiin ocean of my memories.
Once the foreground image was complete, I chose a somewhat neutral background (apricot) to tie the colors together. To create a more polished look, I used a colorless blending pencil to burnish any areas where the white paper was visible.
To add some finishing touches, I used a dark brown colored pencil to intensify shadows and refine details.
When the piece was complete, it was time to give her a name. I chose Ailani, meaning “high chief,” in Hawaiin. I chose this name because she is strong and regal, and I remembered reading somewhere that historically kuki nut necklaces were worn by royalty.
Although this piece took quite a while to complete (several hours), I really enjoyed creating it. It was fun to get inspired by a memory and to sit down with my colored pencils and take time to make something nice.
Read More About My Creative Process:
- MY CREATIVE PROCESS: A CRIMSON MEMORY
- MY CREATIVE PROCESS: OLD CUTTING BOARD TRANSFORMED
- MY CREATIVE PROCESS: DRAWING BELLE
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