How to Place Color on Your Chalk Drawing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Art teacher Mary DAmico demonstrates how to place color on your chalk drawing.

    Mary D' Amico

    Mary is an Art Teacher in Fairfax County Virginia. Mary is in her 5th year of teaching. She also teaches private art lessons. Her specialty is in watercolor and pencil drawing. Mary attended Kutztown University and obtained a BS of Art Education in 2002. She is currently working to obtain a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from VCU. She has experience working with ceramic clay, fiber arts, jewelry making, oils and acrylics. Mary enjoys painting scenes of Italy from her visit there in 2004. She also paints series of beach seascapes.

    Mary DAmico: Hi, my name is Mary DAmico and I am a private art instructor. I am here with one of my student Summer and we are working on a chalk pastel drawing with still life; were focussing on flower still life. Now, that we have our preliminary drawing done and weve gone over some of the chalk pastel techniques, we are ready to start adding our first layer of chalk onto our drawing. So, the first color we can start with is our greens. So, we are going to have a various colors of greens that we can use just again to show more depth in our drawing and since it was one of the first object that we started drawing working bottom to top, we can start with stems.

    Alright, so, its better to start lighter to dark and so we are going to start with the lighter dark green; again you can either use the block chalk or the chalk pencil. Okay, so well start bottom to top and we have our drawing that we can look at. See, where the light and shadows hit and so again were just very lightly draw and we can go on a diagonal with our chalk and then we work all the way up through the stem and since we already have that color in our hand we can move onto our other stems and just fill in that color. Then just move around the page where you have the rest of green stems. Okay, then we can take other shade of green and we can start to show where the shadow is on our drawing. So, this drawing I am working left to right. So, the shadow I have at left of the picture and then we are going to pull in the lighter colors on the right. So, I am just going over, I am just overlapping and I am just blending by going over and again you can use your tissue to blend you get a softer look or you can use your blender and we can pull the color.

    So, this can really get into some smaller areas of the drawing that cant get into with the tissue and we want to make sure that as we are doing this we are careful where our hand is because it can start to smudge our drawing. So, if you have a clean tissue, you can always put that over top, so that you are not transferring the color somewhere else in your drawing that you dont want it to be. Okay, so thats just the basis for the stem. Now we can move on to the flowers. We have lots of different colors in the rose. There is bright pink, there is reds, there is orange let me see, I see a little bit of yellow. So, we can get those colors ready. So, Id like to start on the edge of the petals and then pull the color in towards the center. Thats usually where the light hits the petal. So, I am just lightly going across and not really pressing, using too much pressure on chalk and just kind of outlining my drawing, so theyre pulling the color in. Then, we can use our one technique where we blend two colors and just overlapping the colors.

    So, I am going to continue to do this throughout, the whole drawing and add more yellow there, they pull the color down as I go over top. As I move around the page, Ill continue with my drawing and when we get to about this point, this is when we are ready to move on to the highlights and shadows of our drawing.