I think this is the same dude that shows up in some of my other drawings. Today, I heavily burnished him in yellow, changing the color scheme in mid-stream, then continued on from there. It is fun to play with color. One little pencil can completely alter the mood, tone it down, jack it up, twirl around… Faber-Castell Polychromos on heavy watercolour paper.
When I came in from “coloring” out on the porch today, I looked at the dried results of my ground prep on that yellow plastic flag and noticed a couple of spots where the adhesive failed to seal. Since I don’t know any addicts willing to part with a hypodermic needle so I could use it to squirt a little glue in here, I got out my dental picks to poke it. Slipping the fine metal tip of the tool in there was a bad idea. Or a good idea as it let me know just how slick that canvas textured plastic is. I thought for sure a good adhesive would hold, but with a little wiggle and perhaps too much encouragement, my entire prepped surface peeled off.
Okay, so I want to use colored pencils on a surface that is NOT suitable for colored pencils and by George, I will figure this out. Part of me says, “it’s just a flag, paint the damn thing” but I’m not a painter anymore. Maybe if I only prepped part of the surface for pencils, then prepped part of the surface for paint, sand the surface for better adhesion, fringe in beads, attach some things… oh yeah, I can see it coming together as a mixed media flag. But, no matter what, some part of it just HAS to be done in colored pencils just to be true to my own self.
Wish me luck… and thank you for viewing my art today!