The (Colored) Pencil of Nature

Model Alexandra Mathews wearing Bubbles and Frown headwear, shot 4x5 and printed as cyanotype with additional colored pencil.
Model Alexandra Mathews wearing Bubbles and Frown headwear, shot 4×5 and printed as cyanotype with additional colored pencil.

Photography was regarded as “the pencil of nature” by Henry Fox Talbot, one of the early pioneers of the form.  Talbot created the cyanotype process which utilized the first negative printing method, and the image above shows his process remains in somewhat common use today.  I’ve added actual pencil work to images before but in recent cases I’ve been trying to add more thought as to what I do with the pencils; limiting myself to a palette of 4 odd colors, mixing them so they transition in a more interesting fashion like they do on the couch.

It definitely takes a lot longer but the piece is stronger for it.  Sometimes the way to be better is to try harder at something you’ve been doing all along.  This image currently up for grabs at Etsy.

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I'm a multimedia artist in Phoenix, AZ. Main Site - http://www.primordialcreative.com Instagram @primordialcreative + twitter @dbmillerphoto

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