Capturing Colour

showoffOne of the toughest things to do with colouring pencil is actually get a good colour match to whatever you are drawing. This is usually down to having limited pencils. You could have a set of eight or a set of twenty four, either way, your pencil will never truly match the colour you need. There are several tricks of the trade that could help you achieve better successes with you colouring… view and read on.

There are a few rules you should follow when working with Colour pencils:

  1. Work on a coloured paper, preferably a smooth thick card (brown, blue or green).
  2. Draw guide lines and lay out in white, while you’re doing that you should white in any highlights.
  3. Build your colour up in layers, always have at least three different colour pencils to hand. Swap and alternate between them.
  4. Try to avoid using black, darken reds with greens which gives a warm shaded tone and use brown on blues to get a natural grey.
  5. Work on the colour until it forms a marble-esque texture. It should be smooth to the touch and feel a little like a pebble.
  6. Tone is the key. Never just colour flat shapes. Pure coloured shapes will flatten your drawing.
  7. Spend time on it. Observe. Work on it until your finished. If you let it sit, you’ll never finish it.

Lights Alive


S4 are currently working towards a final piece for their design unit. Building models, maquettes and plans, they are slowly but surely finding the right materials and forms to get their ideas across.


Each based on a different animal, their lights must look suitable for use in an information room in Edinburgh Zoo. Not an easy task, especially when there are so many factors including lighting effects, daytime appearance, market, public use, cost and theme to think about. The tighter the design brief, the tougher the challenge.


She’s Been Framed


Emma from S1 (yes, that same Emma… I know…) has produced this amazing city collage with tonal frame. The image is made from layers of paper, sugar paper and tracing paper, the frame is sugar paper with pen detail and colouring pencil. A wonderful piece of work that not only deserves the title of ‘Artwork of the Week’, it is also featured on the S1 display board outside my room. Well done Emma, keep pushing forward.


Sports Mixture – An Intermediate Expressive Unit

Lesley from S4 had put an awful lot of hard work into achieving her three sheets for her Expressive unit/Intermediate 2. Having completed it in S3, it’s not her major focus right now as she is currently working on her Design unit. Though I’m sure she won’t mind us having a look at how her sheets have come together.


Her first sheet (investigation) contains 4 pieces, line pencil, tone colour pencil, white pencil on black and a red pen line drawing. Initially based around golfing, though opening up to involve other sporting activities such as cheerleading and dancing. These works are completed from August until Xmas.


Her second sheet, the development sheet, has a lot more going on. It contains a full colour pencil piece, a print, a collage, DIY scraper board and three compositional sketches. There is a focus on technique and colour and features a lot more sports equipment. These works are completed from January to Easter.


Her final solution, which she had decided to do in scraper board was  a magnificent feat. At any time she could have ruined the piece and would have had to have started it all from scratch (pardon the pun). It took around 12-14 hours to complete.

Holocaust Sculpture Open To The Public

Available until the end of March, ‘Hatred Destroys All’ – a scuplture by 2A from Gleniffer High School, is on show in Paisley Museum & Art Gallerys. It’s there as part of the ‘Testimony’ exhibition. Entered into the Holocaust competition, the piece did not win, but it is getting some attention from museum goers who are playing with and re-arranging the stones.