This drawing is a gift for a very dear friend. I won’t go into the story of the character herself, but suffice it to say, she was once held captive and now is free. πŸ™‚

First time I’ve used Mi-Teintes paper and I have to say – I love it! There are loads of colours to choose from along with different thicknesses to suit your needs. Of course, there are a variety of sizes too. I bought the larger sheets and cut them down to size.

The surface behaves differently to ColourFix’s sanded paper, previously the only toned paper I’d used (Minney, Izzie, Amur Leopard, Stars). I do still love ColourFix, but Mi-Teintes doesn’t chew through my pencils as quickly. ColourFix does have a new smoother version of their paper available…I’ll have to try that sometime soon and see how it compares to the standard one.

Bottom line – the more I use toned paper, the more I love it! No matter the colour I start with (in this case it was a dark, ivy green), it’s much easier to find correct value and hue as I work rather than starting with white paper.

What do you think of toned paper?

Beyond the Tower

Title: Beyond the Tower.
Size: 11Γ—14 inches.
Medium: Caran d’Ache Luminance & Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils on Mi-Teintes paper (Ivy).
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Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.


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