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!