Peacock in Colour Pencil

And here is the finished Peacock in Colour Pencil ! πŸ˜€ I used my Luminance pencils by Caran d’Ache and I have to say, they just never stop amazing me with their quality and ease of use! All of the colours work well together and since working in this medium, I’ve noticed my contrast is much clearer than in any other medium I’ve tried! Somehow I can just see things better with the pencils and I’m more bold in making my darks darker and my lights lighter. πŸ™‚

Title: Peacock.
Size: 5×7 inches.
Medium: Caran d’Ache Luminance colour pencils and a black Faber-Castell Polychromos,
on Arches smooth 100% cotton watercolour paper.
Reference Photo by: Kim Allsebrook.

Once again I didn’t film the process but here are the photos I took along the way. There aren’t as many photos as the Bailey portrait, but this pretty bird didn’t take anywhere near as long to finish (he’s a lot smaller).


Peacock in Colour Pencil


For the Peacock’s feathers on his face and neck, I used Gamsol (an odourless mineral spirit by Gamblin), to blend after every few layers of colour pencil. As I mentioned previously, it dissolves the pigment in the pencils and gives it a lovely soft appearance, but you need a decent amount of pencil pigment on the paper to begin with otherwise it won’t work. The background was made of many layers of different colours which I blended a number of times with OMS. I think the background took longer to finish than the peacock himself!

I intended to use OMS for his beak, but ended up burnishing instead. It was a fairly small area so burnishing was probably the better choice anyway. The feathers on his head were blended with OMS. After the peacock was done I went over a few areas in the background to redefine some parts and blend others together. OMS made this process so much easier!

All in all I’m quite happy with how he turned out and I have a few more artworks of this size already planned. And so far, they are all birds!

But up next is a slightly larger portrait of a cat. πŸ˜‰ You can follow my progress on Instagram and Facebook!


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.

1 Comment

Rachael walker · December 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm

This picture is truly amazing…..such detail….so lifelike…….such a talented woman πŸ™‚

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