Nideggen Is Great for Color Pencil Too

December 23, 2015
Prismacolor sketch of Dick as he sat on the couch in the TV room. I took another crack at those eyebrows. 7.5 inch square handmade journal with Nideggen paper. Note: I don’t usually let my mull show at the gutter, but this particular book was made in a class where one of the students mis-tore all his paper when I looked away for 30 seconds (really). After that I never looked away from him more than 10 seconds so my book has a very “gestural” aspect. But the student did leave class with a completed book! Dick has been very patiently posing for me the past several weeks. I’ve been buried in work and unable to go to the zoo.

This is one of my favorite sketches of Dick. Nideggen is a great paper, and not just for ink, it works well with dry media like a color pencil as well. In fact, if you want to go really crazy on this toned surface with a full range of color pencils you will not be disappointed.

I took a pause from pen, brush pen, and watercolor (transparent and gouache) and picked up a Dark Grape Prismacolor the other evening. I found that the pencil helped me discover a little bit more about those mystifying eyebrows.

While I love the excitement the bold brush pen lines leave on the page, staring me in the face, accurate or not, I equally enjoy working in color pencil. Sketching with the pencil gives me a sense of leisure. I still sketch just as fast, but there are quick, light, applications that happen when you work in pencil that are fun to savor, and not present when working in ink. Yes you can get delicacy with pen, especially with dip pen, but the delicacy that the color pencil generates seems more restful to me.

Of course after this too brief sojourn in the land of pencil I returned to the brush pen, but I’m glad I had this short chat with that Dark Purple Grape pencil. And I’m glad Dick was happy to stay up a little past his bedtime and pose. 

If you’re fortunate to have family around you at this time of year, take advantage of the situation—a living room full of models. Sketch away!





    • Ellie
    • December 23, 2015

    I live in Portland, Oregon. Do you know where I can get Nideggen paper?
    PS, you inspire me. I love your blog!

  1. Reply

    here’s what I told someone yesterday with the same question, and note that you can always buy less than 25 sheets at Wet Paint, it’s just that’s when the price break comes in.:

    Cat, you can read about it here
    (yes, that’s a journal sketch of mine on that page)

    I buy it from Wet Paint locally, though they do mail order. And if you get 25 sheet the price breaks start.

    But if for some reason that doesn’t work for you, the Legion paper page has a like at the bottom on where to buy and lists several vendors.

    Have fun.

    And if you want to know more about how I use it and see stacks and stacks of it torn down for binding if you enter the word Nideggen on my blog you’ll find tons of posts about this paper.

    • joanne
    • December 25, 2015

    Catching up. I did follow your links and found the song from River. I read the comments on the site and almost 95% had gotten there after watching that first episode of River. Love to Love You Baby.

    How long did Dick pose for that lovely drawing? I know you are fast (I read the blog) but wonder just how much time it takes. Also, when you sketch from the screen (tv or computer) do you stop the action and draw or do you keep waiting to see the ears or nose again in another closeup? I usually just draw pears or apples. But I am aiming at trying new things and attempt something that moves.

    Hey–thank you so much for the blog. I am thinking about getting some of that paper and making a book. And using the waterline I bought after reading about it here.

    • joanne
    • December 25, 2015

    water brush. auto correct is a pain.

  2. Reply

    Joanne, I’m glad the links were helpful. THat’s funny about people going there because of the show.

    The image of Dick today on the blog took under 10 minutes.

    When sketching from TV I do both, let it keep running and do 3 to 5 second sketches like these

    That’s like sketching in a crowd, you often only get a few seconds.

    In the following post I posted one sketch made without stopping and one made with stopping. Both were stylized, which is what I was going for.

    If you like to sketch moving things and jump in more slowly than out in person, leaving the TV running will be helpful to you.

    Also check out one of the many Bird nest of feeder bird cams. Sketch from those while the animals move about.

    Have fun binding books!

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