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La danza de la pasion - Step by Step - 12/20/2010

I needed to create a piece of art for a  Latin Exhibition at The Gallery, Clayton Square, Liverpool.
So I decided to do a flameco dancing couple. 
3 hours later this is the result so far. I am using brown pastlemat as the support. So far I have used Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense coloured pencils.
 
La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion.  Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage one for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool                                                                                     
















Another two and a half hours work

La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage two for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense pencils on brown pastlemat.  La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage two for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense pencils on brown pastlemat.  La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage two for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense pencils on brown pastlemat.

Worked on the picture for another 5 hours. I went horribly wrong on the female’s right arm and had to spend most of that time rectifying my mistake. At one stage I was about to give up and decide I had just made a disaster of it.  The problem being I went too dark and the arm just looked lifeless. Now too light it not too bad with coloured pencils but too dark can be a real problem. It is very difficult to go lighter over dark with pencils. You can also quite easily apply too many layers so the paper loses its tooth and once the paper is overloaded it simply cannot take anymore colour. I used a putty rubber to lift off as much colour as I could and then began the difficult task of trying to rework the arm. I huge amount of patience and muttering from me eventually got the arm back on track. Pheew weee that was a close one.

 La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage two for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense pencils on brown pastlemat.

I worked for another 6 hours on the picture. I had not until this stage decided what colour the dress should be. I do not often plan details such as this in advance. I prefer to let the art develop in it’s own way and speak for itself as to what may be required. It may indeed sound like arty speak but I often do feel that once I get started on a piece the drawing speaks to me and it leads the way as to where it should go. In just such a way the drawing led to the dress colours being of mixture of yellows and oranges, which combined, also brought out green tones. I introduced  Derwent Metallic and Inktense to add a zing to the dress fabric.  Polychromos white and creams were added for highlights and Derwent  Studio chocolate for the darker shading. 

 La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage four for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft,  Inktense, Studio and Metallic pencils also Polychromos pencils on brown pastlemat. La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage four for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft,  Inktense, Studio and Metallic pencils also Polychromos pencils on brown pastlemat.
 
I worked on the dancers for another six and a half hours and finally completed the artwork.  The skirt of the dress with its ruffles was a challenge due to the intricate detail required. It was hard going due to having to complete the picture ready for the hand in date for The Gallery. So I was up till the small wee hours most evenings, which did not leave me feeling to bright for work the following mornings. However even though I was tired I was pleased with the finished result.

La danza de la pasion - Dance of passion. Latin flamenco dancers work in progress stage four for Latin Exhibition at the Gallery Clayton Square Liverpool. Derwent Coloursoft,  Inktense, Studio and Metallic pencils also Polychromos pencils on brown pastlemat.

Look in the gallery to see a bigger picture of the finished picture.

Please note this work is protected by copyright so please only use this as a practise piece for yourself.

 
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