Sketching on a pre-painted and pre-stamped background with Stabilo Tones.
On September 12 I posted this pre-painted background and I know several people wanted to see what became of it, hence today's post. I'm not entirely happy with this sketch for a couple reasons. I didn't have enough reference sketches to get the angle I wanted. But I also started with a pencil sketch instead of my usual brush pen—I wanted to experiment. I find it actually more difficult to cover the graphite lines, which blur and smudge under the Stabilo Tone, than to hide the bold ink lines of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. (See for instance this post where I start with a brush pen sketch and then work with Stabilo Tones.)
I did have one handicap while working on this image—I mention it as a warning to those of you who try to work with Stabilo Tones (or other brands of watersoluble oil pastels or crayons)—I had been working with the Stabilo Tones so much over the previous few days that I actually got a blister on one of my fingertips from blending! Consequently I wasn't doing much blending in the above sketch, I evidently have one finger dedicated to blending.
Experiments teach us a lot of things: make more preliminary sketches and PACE yourself!
If you would like to read more posts about how I use Stabilo Tones click on "colored pencils" and "instructions" in the category list and scroll down to find several examples. Stabilo Tones are a lot of fun, even if you have to deal with a blister now and then. I have the same problem when I work with Caran d'Ache NeoColor IIs: I just can't control my enthusiasm. But it's good to have fun and get messy.