Sunday, September 23, 2012

Updates, Colored Pencil Tip & Art Resource of the Week

Hi Everyone,
So all week I have been getting ready for school, which starts Monday  :)
I have been practicing up on my keyboarding, and I got some of my books and school supplies. I am awaiting my pell grant to get the rest of my books.

I have been suffering with tendonitis all week. Pulled some tendons in my left wrist/arm while lifting heavy things. So my wrist has been wrapped up in a brace. A constant ache shooting from my wrist up my arm. Fortunately, it is not my drawing hand :)


So I am working on the details of the cougar. Either the sale of the original or a print will be a donated to Which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill, ‘last hope’ sanctuary for big cats. It is located in Sherwood, Oregon. 

Colored pencil on Canson Mi Tientes. I am thinking I might change the one ear. I am not happy with it, but not sure yet.

On the portrait of Frans and Trish I have transferred the sketch to the paper and started working on the background. I Just starting applying colors using a light pressure, so kind of hard to see what I have done in the scan.

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

Protecting colored pencil artwork is important to prevent UV Rays, wax bloom, and damage to your artwork. There are several products out there that artists use, but as with all products I advise to test first, before you apply the sealant.

When you apply the clear acrylic coating, you will not have to put your artwork under a glass frame. If you use just fixative, you will need to put your artwork under a glass frame.

The workable fixatives are great to prevent wax bloom, seal the work, yet still allow you to continue to work on the piece. You want to spray a thin coat, otherwise it will fill the tooth of the paper, creating a glass-like surface, making it hard to apply any more layers of colors.

Krylon UV Resistant Clear acrylic coating does not work well with watercolor pencils or works that you have combined with color pencil using some type of wet method technique. The colors change drastically.

  • Krylon Workable Fixatif 
  • Sennelier Delacroix Fixative for Pencil and Charcoal
  • Lascaux Fixative for Pastel Charcoal and Graphite (forms a lightfast non-yellowing seal)
  • Golden Archival Spray Varnish (provides a protective layer)
  • Krylon UV Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating (protects against harmful UV light rays)
  • Krylon Crystal Clear Varnish Spray (seals and does not yellow)


Art Resource of the Week

A wonderful colored pencil demo by Alyona Nickelsen

I hope you all have a great upcoming week!
Take Care and God Bless!
Keep on Creating!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tombow Irojiten Review, Colored Pencil Tip of the Week & Art Resource of the Week

Hi Everybody,
So I have to say it's been an eventful two past weekends. Two weekends ago, I got attacked by a client on Facebook over a Republican image I shared up on my personal page. I have never seen so much anger and hatred that this election seems to be brewing up between both parties and this client vehemently attacked me and then after I blocked her, continued to attack me through email. I was so upset over it all, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. Due to one little post, I loss friends that I had been friends with for years. I definitely learned some valuable lessons. Never add your clients or people who just follow your works to your personal friends list. Direct them to your Facebook business page and never post anything political even on your personal page. Unfortunately, in this time and age, there is so much hatred, anger and disagreement out there, when there should be peace and unity. Another valuable lesson I have learned is don't get sucked into arguments and negativity. Stay positive and encouraging.

And this past weekend I experienced similar problems, only this time I was volunteering for an event. Have you ever been around somebody who has no idea how to plan or organize an event? Or around someone who you are trying to talk to and then they turn their back on you and walk away? Or explains to you to draw out something and then tells you are drawing it all out wrong? A visual sketch or an example to go by would have been nice to have, as I am a visual person. I have met one other person like this before, working at a pizza parlor when I was 18 years old. The owner/manager started yelling at all the employees and belittling them, including me, treating us all like we were beneath her. I didn't return back to work the next day. It seems to me though if you are getting volunteers to work for you, you should treat them with a little respect, and be organized. After all you are getting free help. Anyways, I believe God is really trying to teach me something about these past two weekends. I think I found it in Ephesians 4:29-32           
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
Our attitude, behavior, actions are reflection of our own hearts. If we are kind and loving it will be reflected in all that we do and say.


*News I am now licensed with PSP Tube Stop

So I had a pretty busy weekend and I didn't get much time in to draw, but I do have two new work in progresses to share.

The first, is a rough sketch of a couple I am doing a portrait for. I will be doing this probably all in colored pencil maybe use watercolor pencil/graphite for the background not sure yet. Still playing around with ideas.

The second piece I am working on is the beginning of a donation piece.
Colored pencil on Canson Mi Tientes.

Reference photo courtesy of Karine Aigner Photography

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

So I got the Tombow Irojiten Colored pencils a few days ago. I only ordered 4 colors, because using the 4 colors gives me a chance to explore and to decide if I like the brand or not. I chose 4 colors that I would normally use a lot in my works. But before I go into detail in what I discovered in my explorations, I would like to share a bit about what I have learned about this brand of pencil.
Tombow pencil company was established in Japan in 1913. Irojiten is Japanese and means "color encyclopedia". Irojiten is a beautiful white enamel pencil that comes in 90 colors. At Dick Blick, in open stock, they are presently $2.39 each. They are wax based. No information yet on lightfast test.

Now for my own explorations of this pencil. I have to say first, I love the range of soft to vivid colors that are available in the palette. Their selection of soft colors available, is what caught my eye, as I tend to use a lot of soft colors in my works. 
The lead is neither soft nor hard. If I were to compare them to a particular brand of pencils  I would say  Prismacolors Verithins, Prismacolors Artist Grade and Derwents Coloursoft pencils,  I would place them in the semi-hard category. They are definitely not as hard as Prismacolor Verithins, but they are not as soft and creamy as Prismacolors Artist Grade pencils or Derwent Coloursoft pencils. They have more of a color selection compared to verithins.

Applying light pressure I layerd each color separately, then I layered 3 colors, then just 2 colors. They blended great. I didn't have to constantly brush away pencil debris, like I do with Prismacolors artist grade pencils. They blended well with other colored pencil brands and seem to be great for details. So I think I will be ordering more. I think these will be great for working on my small miniature works and I like them and the color choices way better than than the verithins.

"Irojiten" is the Japanese expression for "color encyclopedia." Available in 90 colors, these beautifully crafted pencils are grouped by subtle color ranges into nine different "editions" and then published in unique paper color editions containing 30 pencils each. The three editions per set include Pale, Vivid, and Deep tones. The editions have an outstanding look and feel and give the impression of being a high-end “color encyclopedia.” The exquisite enamel finish of the pencils, the packaging, and the high quality of the product have made Irojiten an all-time classic in Japan. These sets are perfect for the artist as well as the collector.

Art Resource of the Week

As I love to take photos, but haven't since my camera went on the fritz over a year ago :(, I have to share this photographer's community. Some amazing beautiful photography.

I hope you all have a great week!
Take Care!
Keep on Creating!
Carol Moore

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Colored Pencil Artwork Bear Crossing, Color Pencil Tip & Resource of the Week Using Graphite with Color Pencil

Hello Everyone,
Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. I have been so busy canning, doing projects around the house and getting ready for school. I head back to school Sept. 24th and will be majoring in Web Development/Design. I am so excited!

I went today with my mom to the Oregon Brews and BBQs  . It wasn't quite what I expected. The BBQ was good though and it was for a great cause - cancer awareness. Which I am very fervent about supporting with my works and donations. Which by the way I have to share this song by Martina McBride. It just touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"

New Colored Pencils 
I ordered a few of the Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils the other day. Should be arriving in the mail soon. I am anxious to try them out. Never tried them before. They have 90 colors and come from Japan. I love the pastel colors available which appeal to the choice of colors I like to use in my palette.

New Colored Pencil Artwork
So this piece is basically done. I just have a few more areas to darken in the water. I used several colored pencil techniques on this piece. Some did not work quite well, due to the paper I was using - Strathmore Aquarius II. I would say this paper is great for watercolor pencils, but in my opinion not the best for colored pencils.
Title: Bear Crossing
Medium: Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Paper: Strathmore Aquarius II
Size: 8.5" x 12.0"

I will be working on the tutorial for the rocks and will be starting a new portrait for a very special couple next.

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week
Working with Graphite and Color Pencil
Well I hope everyone had fun with my last post's excercise. I think it is a good excercise to practice blending colors.
This week I want to share some tips/techniques on when you combine graphite with colored pencil. As most of you know, graphite can be very messy. Here are a few tips to keep the graphite from getting your colors muddy.
  • Lay the graphite down first and then spray with fixatif
  • Blend the graphite in areas that have only dark colors
  • Use Derwent's Graphitint (soft watersoluble graphite with color)
  • Use Ampersand Clayboard (Great for graphite and colored pencil. The clay coating reduces smudging and smearing and it is great for details)
  • Use an artist's bridge, tissue or cloth to protect paper from smearing and smudging


Other Resources:

Resource of the Week
I thought this was such a neat idea to tint mason glass jars different colors and them use them to store your colored pencils or pastel pencils :)

Check out the tutorial here

I hope you all have a great week!
Keep on Creating!
God Bless and Take Care!