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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Popeye portrait in progress 3 - Judging pencil colors

Today’s work, with a scrap of paper with pencil colors on it to show me how they look on that light-blue paper. This “Steel blue” is a new paper color from Canson. I’ve never used it before.


Those are the colors I'm using for Popeye's head. I keep that scrap on the corner of the artwork and look at those swatches while I'm working to help guide me in picking up the right color pencil. Colored pencils are semi-transparent, so pencil colors look different on different color papers.


Colored pencil swatches on a head study portrait of Standardbred horse

Prismacolor pencil on “Steel blue” Canson paper

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