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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

Scarecrow


Art: Scarecrow by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
Every now and then I run across a little garden where they had enough imagination to put up a scarecrow. Just like this one, they don't seem to work that well. They just offer an extra perch for our feathered friends, but I love them none the less. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom.

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