Great Danes Colored Pencil Portrait


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Great Danes Colored Pencil Pastel Look

This memorial colored pencil portrait of Babes and Bubba is the first colored pencil portrait I have drawn using matboard as the surface. The color of the matboard gave the artwork a very rich tone and made the colors of the pencils really pop, giving the artwork an appearance much like pastels. As you can see in the picture on the right, their names were hand-lettered in black colored pencil.
I definitely plan to use matboard again for colored pencil portraits, whenever it's approprate, because it so enhanced the qualities of the pencil.

Great Danes Colored Pencil Portraits framed

Although I usually don't offer framing and matting services, I do occasionally take care of that for clients. I took the artwork and my digital camera to the frame shop and took pictures of the artwork with some appropriate frame so I could email them to my client and let her decide which one she wanted. Along with her chosen frame, she desired a forest green matting. I chose a burgundy inner mat to show off some of the brown/red tones in the artwork and make it work out better with the forest green. It really came out lovely. Three people asked for my business card by the time I left the frame shop!

Darla Dixon, Artist

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