On a camping trip to Death Valley and I took some pictures of a ghost town back in 1993. We used to stay near this deserted village, and bats would fly out of the mining caves and fill the night sky. This would be a spooky place to camp during Halloween. One morning I captured an image of the ghost town, which is the inspiration for this drawing.
Chaparral, flowers, and boulders were colored in around the ghost house, which looks a bit spooky eerie in this semi-arid landscape.
I added all the details that I wanted with my sketching pencil before shading in my illustration with colored pencils.
The first step of coloring in the drawing was to shade in the sky and the barren oak tree. My sister asked if I was going to put leaves on this tree, but I am not because it is supposed to be a late December scene.
In the video above I am coloring in the sky and the tree in speed motion.
I have finally begun to color in the sky of my Waikiki sketch with a Berol colored pencil that is of the shade bleu inactinique. This pencil is one of the remnants of the Berol colored pencils I have had since 1996, but these are such great quality pencils that many have lasted almost fourteen years. Of course, I mix up my pencils, so I often use which ever shade of colored pencil appeals to me at the moment.