For this week’s speed drawing video, I’m creating a black leopard in colored pencil. I’ve used Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils on fawn Stonehenge paper for this piece. We’re going to be looking at how to create a blurry background to make your subject stand out more, and how to create black fur that does not look flat. I’ve done my blending with Mona Lisa odorless paint thinner.

These are the colors I used on this piece:

Luminance- Scarlet, cobalt green, raw umber 50%, olive yellow, buff titanium, burnt sienna, french grey 30%, french grey 10%, white, green ochre, olive brown 50%, olive brown 10%, moss green, grass green, dark sap green, castle earth, sepia

Polychromos– chrome oxide green, juniper green, permanent green, olive green yellowish, black

Luminance – black, violet grey, raw umber 10%, raw umber 50%, burnt sienna, buff titanium, silver grey, white, burnt sienna 10%, french grey 30%, brown ochre 50%, sepia, burnt ochre 50%, french grey, brown ochre, genuine cobalt blue, sepia 50%

Polychromos– burnt umber, juniper green, earth green yellowish, warm grey II, delft blue, walnut brown, dark indigo, warm grey V, black, walnut brown, earth green, burnt sienna, dark red, magenta, burnt umber, light cadmium red, caput mortum violet, olive green yellowish, helio blue- reddish


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