This week I worked on a small picture of a snake in my sketchbook.
I saw this great video on YouTube by MiltonCor of him drawing a brilliant realistic snake with Prismacolor pencils.
Here’s the You Tube Video…
I thought it was fabulous so I had to have a go. I’ve not worked seriously with Prismacolor alone before although I have used them in conjunction with watercolour in the past.
I began by downloading probably about twenty Smooth Green Snake photos so I could have a good idea of what I wanted to draw. I used different bits of different photos for my reference. That way I could have my snake in exactly the pose I wanted.
I made a sketch and then just began trying to draw it with the Prismacolor pencils.
It was much harder work than painting because you have to press so hard to get the colour to transfer but the quality of the colour was excellent. They really are great pencils!
Once I completed the snake I filled in the black background with black ink and a brush and then added extra highlights with a white gel pen and extra detail to the eye.
Here’s the finished picture…
I think it’s recognisably a snake and I like the colours but it’s not as realistic as I was aiming for and the shiny bits don’t work as well as I’d wanted either. I will have to watch Milton more closely! Still, it was great fun for such a small image and I learned a ton of things about how to use pencils effectively.