Monday, May 27, 2019

Doodle No. 13 Cusp

I’m in love with my new colored pencils. 
We might run away together. 

Doodle No. 13
3” by 3”

Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and Prismacolor markers on Borden & Riley 108 lb paper

I don’t know what you see, but mathematicians call the point in this surface a cusp. Sure, the algae and aliens make sense, and probably even the diatoms and other microbes, but I don’t know why the mean value theorem is there, or the challah. So don’t ask. 

I colored this piece with my new colored pencils. I purchased a complete set of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I am now the proud owner of 120 colors in the metal tin. 

That’s almost 50 more colors than my current set of Prismacolors, which is a box of pencils I’ve had for over twenty years. Polychromos are all the rage now in the colored pencil community. People say they are among the best colored pencils you can buy. They’re harder than Prismacolors, which means fewer broken leads and sharper tips. That translates into finer details. Polychromos also have fewer colors with poor lightfast ratings than Prismacolors. So the purples will still be purple many years from now, as if that matters.

This piece is not for sale because it’s a birthday gift for a good friend.

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