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on: October 12, 2012, 09:47:59 PM
I'm a little confused - I know Nolan is using a watercolor pencil to sketch in a drawing sometimes before acrylic paint I assume because a reg graphic leaves a difficult to hide mark, but will any color water color pencil do or is it necessary to try to match the water color pencil to the expected acrylic color that will be used?  seems fundamental but it bothers me to think i need a set of water color pencils!


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Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 01:10:37 AM
Hi Sonja,  I think Nolan recommends using a watercolor pencil that is close to the color of the paint you will be using.

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Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 06:48:15 AM
Hi Sonja, when I did the Rose project, I used watercolour pencils like Nolan recommended. This was a fantastic idea and, I'd never use normal graphite pencil again!
I've only got a small box of watercolour pencils so, I have a limited range in colour. I chose as near as possible to the subject I was going to paint and drew outline areas for guidance. The colour didn't really matter that it was of a different shade. Obviously I'd choose a lighter one if I have it, so the paint would cover.
One the great benefits of using the watercolour pencils that Nolan demonstrated was, how you can use a slightly damp cloth to rub out your watercolour lines/areas. This was brilliant! You'll see. Try a scrap bit of paper and have a play around first. Don't press too hard on the pens, as you wouldn't with graphite/clay pencils.
I hope this helped. Good luck  ;) :painting:
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Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 07:52:56 PM
use a neutral w/c pencil is you don't have a set, a mid tone grey or something like that