Pencil Portrait – This portrait was from a web image and created using Fabre Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. The paper used was Strathmore Vellum 300gsm. The paper is a 9 x 12 inch and the initial layout was from HB pencil grid. From this many layers of colours were then added. Unlike some wax base pencils, Polychromos as oil based. They are a lot hard and therefore hold a point for longer compared to softer leads. The downside potentially is that they are harder to blend. Other was based pencils can be blended through burnishing. Polychromos pencils require a spirit based medium to try and blend the layers. No blending was used in the production of this image.