Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
asks: "What do you use to "shade" the background of an image you just colored with Prismacolor and Gamsol?"
A: If I'm not going to incorporate the image into a little scene, I'll use a coordinating pencil color around the image. If the image is more vintage, I might use yellowy browns to shade... if it's a more contemporary or happy image, I tend toward lighter blues or a color in the image that I want to highlight. Fill in around the image and blend out using the Gamsol to soften the edges. Be sure to give the image a base shadow to ground it if it's something that has weight... otherwise it will appear to be floating. I usually use a dark brown or grey for the shadow, in an elongated oval shape. Chalks are great for backgrounds too, but require a fixative so they don't smudge.