Colored Pencil on Clear Film

Reference Image
Drawn on Clear Film
w/ Prismacolor Pencils

Interested in how colored pencils would work on various films, I grabbed what I had in my studio one evening and followed a tutorial "Shiny Marbles" I downloaded from Ann Kuhllburg's Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists' website.

For my experiment I used Dura-Lar Clear glossy, plastic acetate-alternative film with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils (wax based).

The tutorial highly recommended NOT TO USE  the clear, glossy film with wax-based colored pencils because there is no tooth on which to lay the pencil pigment, but heck it's what I had at hand and I was eager to experiment.

The two images you see in this post are labelled: one is the tutorial reference image and the other is my drawing on the clear film. The reference image was printed on white printer paper on my Canon IX 6820 printer. My drawing is a photo from my cell phone.

As you can see, the reference image is much sharper with various hues, tints and tones than my image which is barely discernable, partly because it is not shown on a white background like the reference but mostly because the reference image was created on drafting film while the drawn image was created on clear glossy film.

After trying to draw on the clear film with the Prismacolor pencils, I decided that I would not pursue any further colored pencil drawing on the clear film. The pencils did not lay down well and were not vibrant. They would not be permanent in any sense, and I could not imagine where/when I would use this technique.

I almost totally gave up on any further experimenting with films until I accidently came across a Facebook group that was all about colored pencils on drafting film: "Artworks on Drafting Film " members are amazing artists who are doing even more amazing art on film with colored pencils. They inspired me to try again!

I decided to try other (non-wax-based) colored pencils on Grafix Drafting Film as was recommended in the tutorial. Drafting film has a slightly frosted surface with a little bit of tooth. It can be purchased as 1 or 2-sided matte. I purchased the 2-sided matte because drawing on both sides intensifies the colors and gives a 3-D look to the artwork.

I leisurely drove through Downtown Portland, Oregon to the Beaverton Dick Blick's store where I purchased a pad of Grafix's Dura-Lar .005 two-sided matte archival polyester film for drawing, drafting, and mixed media (see cover image below). I also purchased 6 Luminance pencils (wax-based), 6 Polychromos pencils (oil-based), and 3 of Dick Blick's store brand colored pencils (studio-wax-based) for additional comparisons.

Tomorrow I will work through the "Shiny Marbles" tutorial again with my new materials and share the outcomes with all of you.

"Drafting" Film Pad Cover