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how to make flesh by theirison how to make flesh by theirison
this is the image for my poster, for all my shows coming up

in a nut shell, this is how I do what I do,
I mounted thick, smooth paper on to board
then drew it on with a blue pencil
then watercolor
then colored pencil, NOT pastel, the white stick is a
woodless colored pencil

the hair, clothes and background are painted and thats self explanatory

by the way, i never use spell check.... sorry

the final is coming
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nnicc Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I just posted a work I made using some of your advices [link] and I would really like to know your opinion.
It was really useful to see there are no boundaries between medias.
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mop-closet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
wow. i absolutely love your art and its amazing youre willing to share your process with everyone
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
thank you!!
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valerievargas Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is there any reason you don't like... just paint a wax base on? Like with a wax medium? I'm just wondering... seems like a lot of work to color it instead of paint... but then again I like paints...
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theirison Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
it would be to thick, the pencils would just scratch off the way
I have to burnish the pencil in
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:iconvalerievargas:
valerievargas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that makes sense. It's still crazy how you do your work. It never looks like colored pencil. It's like super uber blended.
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theirison Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
yeah, Im in pain after every piece
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MetaWorks Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Is the color pencil like chalk or no? I've been using prismacolor colored pencils lately and they do not blend or smear together at all. What type do you use?
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theirison Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
im using prismacolor pencil too.
You need to get thick smooth paper (Bristol paper, Reves bfk) then lay down a wax base. So cover the whole area is a light tone with your pencil, Cream or white. Then it will be very easy to lay down color and blend it
use your fingers, a paper towel or a blending stump when you're blending
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MetaWorks Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
That makes sense. What does the watercolor you lay down first do?
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
it lays a base color down so your colors a more rich
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MetaWorks Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ok, So what colors do you buy to make the skin tones?
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
i really use them all.
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:iconmetaworks:
MetaWorks Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ok, but what would be a good starter set for real skin tones?
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theirison Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
beige
clay rose
poppy red
black cherry
90% warm and cool gray

a bit of black

that should do ya
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arghmatey18 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
lol, "draw the sexy".
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EnviousxChan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I love your work So much, it is very inspiring (plus sexi)! I'm trying to work in color pencils more
But i have a question, How do you not ripple the paper with the water color? Is it just how thick and Mounted the paper is?
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theirison Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
yeah, its thick paper
and it does ripple at first but it flattens when it dries
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EnviousxChan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
ah okay , Thank you ;)
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PseudoBohemian Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Wow, this was quite insightful. I'm a fan of prisma sticks myself, but working with them exclusively is somewhat exhausting. I was also trying to venture from strictly using black matboard to draw on- so, I'll give the mounted paper a try. I scanned through the comments, to save me the risk of making you repeat yourself, but what do you use to mount the paper to the bored?
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theirison Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
I use 3M Super 77 spray mount. You can get at hardware store
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:iconpseudobohemian:
PseudoBohemian Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Ah, cool. Thank you very much.
:)
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Kylehailey Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Hey I was just wondering I really like how you do these but why do you lay down the layer of watercolor? It just looks like you always cover it all up.
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
its the ground color
rather then painting on top of white, you paint on top of a color
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:iconkylehailey:
Kylehailey Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
like just incase you miss a spot or so it covers better?
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
yep, it makes it a whole lot easier to render
you should try it
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AngelTovar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Artist
any site of ware i could buy the paper?
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:icontheirison:
theirison Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
no, i just go to the art store me, never tried to look it up
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pepperwine Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
i love how many different medias you use!
what kind of paper do you use and what do you mean by "mounting it"?
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theirison Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
i use thick stonehedge paper
really smooth

i spray one side of the board and mount the paper on to the board
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JetLandis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
is the sponge brush used for the blending or the watercolor?
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MQ-Studios Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I have never thought of doing that with colored pencils; the whole coloring it in white first to make it easy to blend, I'm guessing. Awesome work X3

I was wondering though, where would you find a giant woodless colored pencil like that, cause I've never seen that at any art store I've been too.
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theirison Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
ask your art store about it
prismacolor makes them
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MQ-Studios Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Alrighty, thanks.
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colloquail Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
sorry this is like my third comment in a row, lol, but I've seen sets of up to 48 of the woodless prismacolor coloured pencils, you can buy them at them here [link] for pretty cheap (it's my favourite place to get any art supplies :D). just in case you were looking for more colours!
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theirison Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
awhhhh you are awesome!!! thank you, thank you
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colloquail Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha, no problem!
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falafelpunk Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Always fun to see how other people work!
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sonettie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
question, you say prismacolor pencil but in the pic I recognize the stick as what I have for prismacolor pastel. (or is that woodless form? :O_o: )
so I was wondering >.> not trying to be difficult...seriously! lol
so after you use the prismacolor later you use watercolours over it?
(I'm sort of dense right now from lack of sleep)

and thank you for the tutorials you do, they are highly appreciated :)
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theirison Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
its the woodless kind

i start with watercolor then go on top of that with colored pencil
and sometimes Ill even go on top of that with a bit of oil
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sonettie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah cool. ty for letting me know ^_^
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sonettie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
um...I need sleep I just saw 2 and 3 for this...my bad lol :sleep:

>.> forgive the stupid moment XD
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:iconrocio:
rocio Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
I was dying of curiosity wondering what medium you use. . . pretty awesome combination!
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theirison Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
thanks
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Harlequinny Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Thank you so much for these tutorials... You're pretty much my idol, and I'm so happy that you give us poor schlupps some idea of how to work smarter, not harder. Quite inspiring.
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theirison Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
thank you so much, thats an awesomr complement
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St0f Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
A tutorial of your methodes is so welcome, man! Amazing.
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Mangabaka Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho~ it is always insteresting to watch and know the progress of artist :). I wonder, what kind of watercolor you use? liquid, tubes or the...those dry rounded things?

(i suddenly have a lack of vocabulary...:doh: )
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theirison Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
the liquid tubes, i use Winsor Newton
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Mangabaka Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh i see! i use tubes, but they don't come liquid. I wish Winsor and Wewton were sold here ;_;

Thanks a lot for sharing again dear :)
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