Alice in blue

Today I sketched Alice with a Phthalo Blue water-soluble pencil from Caran d’Ache. It’s one from a set I received some time ago, part of their Technalo RGB line. From what I can see from the Caran d’Ache website, these pencils are actually graphite gently tinted with colour, so although you might expect a blue pencil to release blue pigment when wet, it’s actually a blue/grey mix, and quite nice for drawing the subtleties of Alice’s light fur. Along with three standard water-soluble pencils of different hardnesses, the set also includes Dark Phthalo Green and Carmine Lake pencils, although don’t expect to be surprised by any more colour than on this one.

9 Comments on “Alice in blue”

  1. Judy Sopher says:

    I like the subtle color and love your drawings/paintings of Alice. ( I am a dog lover. We have 2 rescue dogs) I read what the link said about these pencils and they certainly look like a challenge. But I am becoming frustrated drawing with anything water soluble. I think I have tried too many techniques and need to cone in. but I want to try everything.

    Thanks for your insights.


  2. Donna says:

    I’ve seen these pencils advertised. Assuming the colors are not as brilliant as watercolor pencils. Not sure how I would use them. Alice is such a good model!


  3. idigy says:

    Wow! Gorgeous, beautiful.


  4. joantav says:

    It is perfect for the subtle shading of Alice’s fur. Nicely done!!


  5. Bernadette says:

    Sweet Alice is such a great model to accommodate you drawing her so often. Great color for soft fur.


  6. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening dear friend Shari,

    Very beautiful sketch.
    I love these dogs very much.

    Thanks and blessings,


  7. DiniAlice says:

    I have this set of pencils too, and it’s true the other colors are very subtle, also. But I like that. They are fun to work with and they are not as garish and in-your-face as some watercolor pencils can be.


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