Colored Pencil on Drafting Film

NOTE: Some of the marbles' colors were changed 
slightly to prevent this painting being confused 
with the original reference.
Credits: This was created from a tutorial "Shiney Marbles" by Gretchen Evans Parker purchased in a packet of three lessons from Ann Kuhllberg's Magazine for Colored Pencil
     What a difference supplies make! As you can see in my last post, colored pencils did not fare well on the clear, glossy polyester surface (Grafix Dura-Lar Clear).
However, colored pencils of many brands did remarkably well on the Grafix polyesther film labelled "for ...drafting...". The colors are vibrant even when not backed by another paper, they blended well over more than 4 layers depending on the intensity of the hue/pencil, erased almost immaculately. did not smear or smudge during or after painting - even by hand or when buffed with tissue, held up without any negative consequences to the highest level of my hair dryer blowing for several minutes in one place, accepted pencils made from Prismacolor Premier, Luminance, Dick Blick Studio, Splenda, Polychromos - all equally well.
     My main focus was not on my ability to draw round marbles, which is obvious, but to determine whether drawing on polyester film was an acceptable option for my own artwork. I decided after this second experiment that it should be considered seriously. Here are some take-aways from this experiment:
  • Colored pencil on polyester drafting film does not smear and does not need a sealing coat. I would mat-frame to protect the lightfastness and cleanliness.
  • Pressing too hard when coloring or burnishing results in etching the surface which makes blending and erasing more difficult. Use the side of the pencil mostly, and the tip very lightly
  • Layering is possible, more than 4 in some cases. When layering is no longer possible or when using very light hues, repeat the process on the back. You will be surprised at the intensity of the hue.
  • Details, especially mistakes, will become uwanted focal points in your painting. Take precaution and time when drawing.
  • Extreme darks can be rendered as you can see in this drawing where the darks were left native for this experiment.
  • The polyesther drafting film has a slight cream tone which is easy on the eyes and softens light colors. Using an intense which pencil such as Stabilo White (which I didn't have) will make the highlights glow.
  • The image can be framed, digitally altered and printed just as any original artwork.
I recommend using colored pencil on drafting film.