Work in Progress–Black Capped Chickadee in Colored Pencil

black-capped chickadee

I thought it was about time that I posted something other than a watercolor painting. I picked this project from a book that I bought way back in 1998–Painting Garden Birds with Sherry Nelson–but never used. The book offers a series of lessons in oil painting but since I no longer have any oil paints laying around the house, I gave it a try with colored pencils. Prisma Color and Verithin colored pencils on gray Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper.

36 Comments on Work in Progress–Black Capped Chickadee in Colored Pencil

  1. angie013
    October 8, 2013 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

    Very nice job, I like how well defined this is and how the highlights make the leaves and cherries look so shiny!

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    • afternoonartist
      October 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Angie. I like the way the cherries turned out, too,

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  2. shreejacob
    October 8, 2013 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    So beautiful!! :) I just got myself the set of 60 Prismacolors too!! They are awesome!! :D

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  3. beverlydyer
    October 8, 2013 at 11:48 am (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous!! Makes me want to pull out my colored pencils! I love them, but they do take time and patience!!

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  4. Francesca
    October 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this, It is so delicate and the red of the cherries is so vibrant. Lovely done, Jill!

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    • afternoonartist
      October 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Francesca. It’s been a while since I’ve used colored pencils.

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  5. Greta
    October 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Just beautiful!

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  6. elenacaravela
    October 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

    This is gorgeous Jill-looks finished too!

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    • afternoonartist
      October 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena, only the branch left to finish.

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  7. Cynthia
    October 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm (4 years ago)

    A serene image. Love the colors, and the curls of the leaves.

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  8. Caitie M
    October 9, 2013 at 1:09 am (4 years ago)

    Your attention to detail is so amazing in this and the little bird is so sweet. Can’t wait to see it finished!

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    • afternoonartist
      October 9, 2013 at 1:45 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Caitie. I’m able to achieve much more detail in colored pencils than I have in watercolor.

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  9. Boomdeeadda
    October 9, 2013 at 3:44 am (4 years ago)

    charming, absolutely charming. That would look so cute on a tea towel hanging on the oven. Maybe waiting for oatmeal cookies to bake up.

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    • afternoonartist
      October 9, 2013 at 5:18 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, I can picture that. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my fave.

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  10. Winter Owls
    October 9, 2013 at 5:28 am (4 years ago)

    So lovely Jill and the detail is incredible!

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  11. pamelajeannestudio
    October 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I would never have guessed this could be done with colored pencils. I have the same pencils, but I can’t imagine doing anything like this. Beautiful.

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    • afternoonartist
      October 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Pamela. It’s time consuming but fun. Give it a try.

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  12. Pat
    October 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely work.

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  13. afternoonartist
    October 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you, Tim. Drawing was my first love. I was never much interested in painting–until I started following several watercolor artists on Illustration Friday. Then I was hooked and had to try it myself. I created this blog to track my progress, but it’s grown to include all my creative endeavors. Based on the feedback to this drawing, I think I need to set aside some time now and then and create and share more colored pencil paintings, but they take so much time to create!

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