Kimberley sent over a few pictures of her friends dog that she has been asked to do using Pastel Pencils. Kimberley writes:
Hello again Steve and Colin
I want to draw my friends Dog, she has described her dog to be a chocolate cherry colour red. I have no idea which reds or/and browns to use for this dog.
I have an idea of which greys to use but not sure which reds or browns would match this dog. I have attached three photos of the dog and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your time, regards, Kimmi
The greys that Kimberley would use for this dog are the warm greys, anything brown would generally require a warm grey base colour. For the dark areas it would be a mid warm grey (273 in the Faber-Castell Range) and in the light areas it would be 270, the light warm grey.
After this, achieving the colour you’re after is fairly easy. It would be a combination of 2 colours, the 283 Burnt Siena and 177 Walnut Brown.
Burnt Siena is a very rich colour so you would not need any reds. If you were doing this in another medium such as oil or watercolour then you would be adding red into your palette, but 283 has this richness.
Across the 3 pictures provided, the brown does change which shows just how much one picture can appear richer than the other. I would put the 283 on first then darken appropriately with 177. As always practice these colours on spare paper first to check it’s achieving the desired result.
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