As I mentioned in my previous post, I have committed to Life Book 2015 for this year – my first ever online art course – in order to develop my skills and confidence with mixed media. The first lesson was by Tamara Laporte, the creative mastermind behind the course, and involved the creation of a figurative painting on the theme of “Beacon of Light”.
I followed the lesson as closely as I could with the media and materials that I possess but used my own style of drawing for the figure instead of adopting the tutor’s whimsical style. This was my first experience of using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons and already I am smitten. They are rich and creamy with strong, vibrant pigment and a little goes a long way – which is just as well since they were a bit of an investment. The tutorial video incorporated glitter to add additional sparkle and light to the painting. I don’t own glitter so I used some of my gold ink for some of the key elements of the drawing and used dots of white acrylic paint to suggest light.
There are definitely things I would change about the painting if I were to start over but for a first lesson I am pretty pleased with what emerged on the paper.