Goldfinch in colour pencil study

I returned back to some colour pencils to do this Goldfinch in colour pencil study.

As I had a tin of 24 Derwent Coloursoft pencils sat in with all my art supplies. I thought it would be a good idea to dig them out and have a play with them.

The Goldfinch reference is from my own library of photos that I have taken and collected over the years. Actually talking about photography. Photography seems to be one of those skills that artists who draw animals and wildlife seem to pick up. Maybe a blog post about my camera kit and taking photos of animals may be something I do in the future.

Anyway, back to the drawing. As mentioned above I used the Derwent Coloursoft pencils. How did I find them? I found them quite easy to use. Their leads kept a sharp point but they were not as soft as the Derwent Drawing pencils. They did blend quite well (considering the paper).

The biggest issue I had with them as layering. I think this is down ton the paper that I used. The paper in my sketch book is a kind of general purpose paper. I’m quite sure, if I used a paper more suited to colour pencils, layering would not be an issue.

That said, with this Goldfinch in colour pencil study, the colours are nice and vibrant. I especially enjoyed using the black. The white also worked very well as a blender and burnisher pencil.

I will be revisiting using the Derwent Coloursoft range in the future. However I want to try them on some paper that is more suited to colour pencils. So watch this space!

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