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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Carly portrait in progress 6

I continued filling in the rest of Carly's face, then moved on to her tongue....

Colored pencil portrait of Golden Retriever dog, in progress
Prismacolor colored pencil swatches on felt grey Canson Mi-Teintes paper

Her pink tongue involves a different set of pencil colors than I've been using for her golden coat and her brown eyes.

These are all the pencil colors I pulled out to use for her tongue.

I've made swatches on a scrap of the same Canson paper the portrait is on, to guide me on which color to grab as I'm looking at the reference photo of Carly.

Her tongue is a blend of those colors, lightly layered on top of eachother, and then laid on more and more thickly as I approached the shade I wanted, pressing harder to blend the colors. Since colored pencils don't involve "mixing" a color like you would with paint, layering them and then pressing solidly on the wax pencils to "smear" the colors together - once you've got the right combination of colors built up - is the way to blend them.

Close-up of dog's nose and tongue in colored pencil fine art portrait


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