Tiger study and an exploration in colored pencils

About 5 or 6 years ago, maybe more, I was given a large set of Prismacolor colored pencils and until last weekend never touched them. All pencils were never sharpened. A box of nice new blunt pencils. I decided it was time to fire up Carl, my trusty pencil sharpener (I'll do a review of Carl soon), and give them a try. Let me preface this by saying I have NEVER used colored pencils so this is a journey of exploration for me.

Step forward a few days and this tiger study is starting to evolve. I had a sheet of Daler Rowney toned Canford card stock on the table so just dove in with this. I'm learning what I can and can't do and what limitations these pencils present. I'm also on the fence about whether it's a medium I really want to pursue seriously. I can definitely see the possibilities with sketches and studies. But for serious projects, I'm still a little unsure.

This Tiger study is a work in progress and I'll more than likely post more shots as it progresses. If you have any tips for me on using colored pencils, leave me a comment. I'd love to hear how others are using them.

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