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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Reeve portrait in progress 2

Red Border Collie “Reeve” begins to emerge from the blue paper. Her beautiful red coat will really pop on this color.

Colored pencil head-study portrait of a red Border Collie, in progress

It took me a while to try out what colors of pencils would work the best to capture the reds in Reeve's coat, because of the way the orange and rust pencil colors act on this paper color. I tried them out by making swatches of the colors on a scrap of the same paper.

Colored pencil head-study portrait of a red Border Collie, in progress with Prismacolor pencils

The Canson name for this paper color is “Icy Blue“. But I always think of it as “Periwinkle”. That color name actually came from a box of Crayola crayons, from way back in my childhood! Funny the way things like that will stick with you for life. This color will always be “periwinkle” to me.


I love all colors, but if I had to say a favorite color it would be this - periwinkle. Halfway between purple and blue. (Two of my other most favorite colors.)

 

You can see several of Sheila's other BC portraits in my DOGS Gallery on my website.



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