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The Pomeranian

The Pomeranian

Duchess, The Pomeranian

Copyright Jeff Thomann 2009

Media: Color Pencils on Hardboard
Original Status: Original is currently in the art collection of Mrs. Tekla Johnmeyer
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at
Original Size: 5 1/2″x7 1/2″
Primary Themes: Dog, Pomeranian, Portrait, Pet


4 responses

  1. This is a color pencil drawing that I did for my mother-in-law. The real Duchess is her pet. The size of the hard board used to create the work was 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, but the original was put in to a matted frame that cropped it down to 5×7″. I like using hardboard that has a layer of gesso on it more than using paper because it’s a sturdier surface than paper and will hold up to lots of manipulation that tears paper up quickly. The first, bottommost layer of most of my color pencil drawings is erasable Crayola color pencils that have many mini-layers in them because I build up a an area with color, then erase it down to white in certain areas, and start relayering over and over. Finally, layers on top of that will be non-erasable color pencils. Then in the topmost layers I sometimes go to using Prismacolor color pencils. I don’t use prismacolors in all layers because even though they do have the most pigment out of most color pencils, they also have a very high price (approximately one dollar per pencil), and also because I like having the ability to erase out areas and build up more mini-layering techniques. That makes my color pencil drawings very painterly, and almost gives me the same level of flexibility that oil paintings techniques do.

    Also, in some drawings, after the final Prismacolor layer is added (if it’s needed), I sometimes add a china marker layer to bring out just a bit more color highlights to some areas. China Marker is a grease pencil that is typically used to write on hard surfaces such as windows, car exteriors, etc. I love China Markers as a top layer for color pencil drawings or as a top layer for any painting technique because it’s greasy, but not shiny, and can be applied to almost any surface without many problems. Also, it does not cause bloom problems that traditional color pencils usually cause, and can be added to the top of a color pencil drawings when the pores of the surface are so full that normal color pencils just can’t do much any more.

    I did not use China Marker in this particular drawing, but have in others. Usually, if I use China Marker it’ll be listed in the Media list for each drawing that uses it.

    January 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  2. Nancy Smith

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    January 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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