Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish all of my followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I haven't had a lot of time to post on here, due to school and I have had no time to create any works of art. However, I did manage to squeeze in a quick graphite drawing for Christmas.

Title: Joseph's Lullaby
Medium: Graphite
Reference: Dreamstime
This piece was inspired by MercyMe's song Joseph's Lullaby.
The lyrics are the following:
Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head

Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?

Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace

I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child

Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close Your eyes
Soon enough You'll save the day
But for now, dear Child of mine
Oh my Jesus, Sleep tight

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Work and Updates!

Hello Everyone :)
Well, school starts back up for me on Monday the 30th. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. So, I have been trying to work on my website as much as possible transferring things over to Etsy and here to my blog and I haven't even tackled Zazzle yet. They keep publishing items I haven't even submitted but have already submitted. It's been very strange. Anyways, unfortunately I can't submit any more works to Zazzle, as I have lost all my files - forms, contracts, contacts, ideas, stock photos, photos, artwork, prints on my hard drive, everything. My husband thought he could fix it but he was unable to. He is going to try to do one more thing to see if it will work, but I am afraid all is lost :(. So anyways enough of bad news, I have a new work to share.

Title: "Let Every Voice Sing"

Medium: Color Pencil

Paper: Canson Mi Tientes

Size: 8.0" x 10.0"

Reference: Jagged-Eye Stock

It is up for sale at my Etsy Store and a 100% of the sale will go to a ministry outreach mission.
Etsy Store Artwork

Also I have a new listings now up at my Etsy Store. I will be adding more artwork and prints throughout the week.

In addition, I have a new work in progress to share. I was hoping to get to work on it today, still might get an hour in. I want to get this finished up before Monday. Then that gives me the month of October to work on my Breast Cancer Awareness piece when I have time available between classes and classwork.

Originally I was going to call this piece "A Reflection of Autumn" but decided to call it "Autumn Eyes." Still not 100% sure which title to go with, but the medium is color pencil.

I hope everyone has a blessed week. Stay well, safe and healthy.
Happy Creating!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Creating White Using Colored Pencils

Creating White Using Colored Pencils

The white colored pencil is much like a colorless blender in that it can be used to blend and burnish colors. But should colored pencil artists just use a white pencil to achieve white in their works of art? When working on colored paper the white colored pencil is a very effective tool for creating a base layer, and in bringing out the highlights and whispy hairs. However when working on white paper, defining white can be quite deceptive and challenging, especially for beginning artists. White is very much like black and can be made up of many colors in the spectrum, depending on the time of day, surrounding subject(s) and colors reflected upon the subject you are creating.
Below is a list of tips and techniques to create subjects that are white.

  • Analyze your subject and determine what colors you see and are present before you begin.

  • Use a paint shop program to determine what colors to use for white in your reference photo.

  • Use a value/color finder to determine colors and values.

  • Lyra Rembrandt and Derwent Coloursoft white pencils work best on colored paper.

  • Build your white or brightest areas up using light layers of colors.

  • In creating a white subject, pick colors reflected from surrounding subjects.

  • Use light greys and soft pastel colors for creating your white highlights and light areas.

  • Use soft pastel or light colors for snow.

  • Use white only for highlights, whispy hairs and whiskers.

  • Use opposite colors for shadows and darks to make your work pop and glow.

  • Focus on creating the highlights and mid-tones, when working on colored paper.

Helpful Resources

A video on using white colored pencil on black paper

Drawing fur in colored pencil on black paper

Drawing feathers on colored paper

Wet Canvas Colored Pencil Forum



Happy Creating!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Moores Art Gallery Watercolor Pencil Tips and Techniques

Watercolor Pencils

Water color pencils are very similar to color pencils in that, they allow you to have precise control, achieve great detail, they are very flexible, very portable and inexpensive. The difference between regular color pencils and water-soluble pencils are their leads. Color pencil leads are either wax or oil based, whereas watercolor pencil leads have a water soluble base.
One thing to remember, when working with water color pencils, is after you have layered several layers of color, and begin to apply water, a solvent or use a blender, the results will not be the same, as if you were using color pencil. The colors will be darker, sometimes more vivid, and they can change to a color you were not trying to achieve. So experiment before you start layering, to see if it is actually the color you want for your project or portrait. Try mixing watercolor pencil with other mediums, such as color pencil, ink or graphite. You will be surprised with the results!

Watercolor Pencil Tips and Techniques

  • Apply the color dry.

  • Wet the paper first to produce a bleeding type effect and/or soft lines.

  • Use various tools, such as a sponge or toothbrush or shaking the pencil, to create different effects.

  • After your wash has dried, apply dry layers of color for detail.

  • Create glazed washes (transparent layers of color over another) with either water or solvents.

  • Use a colorless blender marker, such as Tombo's, to blend the colors.

  • To achieve a thick opaque look, dip pencil in water or solvent first (eats the lead of the pencil up quickly).

  • For detail, try using a small wet paint brush.

  • Try breaking a small piece of lead off into a palette and add couple drops of water.

  • Try creating a graded wash, from dark to light with water or solvents.

  • Try back wash technique by wetting your paper, apply one color at one end, and then another color at the other end, watch the colors blend and bleed together.

  • If you are going to be using a wet technique, tape down your paper to a board, to prevent buckling of paper.

  • Try dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and dot the wet colored surface of the paper, creates a cool effect.

  • Try applying salt to wet area, can create sparkly and different effects.

Best Watercolor Pencil Paper

If you mix watercolor pencil with color pencil the best papers I have discovered the following papers work best: Arches watercolor paper, Strathmore watercolor pads and Rising Stonehenge drawing paper. All three brands are acid free and Strathmore also has ATC/ACEO size watercolor paper. Stonehenge, out of all the drawing papers, it is the most durable and holds up well to watercolor pencil applications.


Brands of Watercolor Pencils

The brand that I work with the most is Derwent Watercolor Pencils. They are super creamy like Prismas color pencils and they have a wonderful selection of colors. They are fine art quality water-soluble pencil. They are non-toxic with lightfast pigment. They are available in packaged tins or open stock at most art stores.
I also like to use Stabilo Aquacolor Watercolor Pencils to work on skies and small details. They have leads similar to Prismacolor Verathins but unfortunately they have been discontinued but you can find them on Ebay.


Watercolor Pencil Example

New Graphite Autumn Fairy and New Colored Pencil/Graphite Artwork The Avengers Assassin

Hi Everyone!
We just got back from our vacation last week and it was so awesome to see the coast. It has been a long time since we had been down on the Oregon Coast. I miss it so much. These are some shots taken with my cell phone (since my camera is not working) down near Winchester Bay, Oregon.

New Graphite and Color Pencil Artwork
This past weekend was EMG Sketchfest
I didn't get a chance to participate a whole lot as my mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital and we visited her on Friday and Saturday evening.
Here are two graphite sketches up for sale there

Autumn Fae
Graphite, ink, color pencil and watercolor pencil
Reference photo by Janna Prosvirina

Mermaid with Pearl Earring
Reference photo by Jessica - Faestock

My newest color pencil and graphite piece "The Assassin" now up for sale at my Etsy Store

Resource of the Week
Hope kits
"Creating Hope is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization founded in 2000 by 36-year-old Jeanette Gianfagna Shamblen who was a breast cancer patient. She founded Creating Hope to help people cope with cancer through self-expression and creativity…inspiring them to find their way through each day toward survival. Creating Hope provides art materials and art events at no cost to cancer patients. The HOPE Kit contains art materials and instructions for painting watercolor bookmarks." You can sponsor a hope kit and send it to someone you know or for a cancer patient.

I hope you all have a blessed week!
Take Care!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Moores Art Gallery Colored Pencil Tips

Color Pencil Tips

These are some tips I have learned over the years through books, magazines, articles and other artists. More tips will be added to this list as I learn and read from other artists.
  • Remember to keep your pencil points sharp it will help keep your drawing crisp and clear. 

  • Explore by using more than one color pencil for a colored area in your drawing. Try using several layers of different colors together, to add some spark and life to your drawings.

  • Beware of over saturating your paper's surface with too much color, the color will start to no longer adhere to the paper's surface. It will also start to wear and possibly tear the surface of the paper or board.

  • Be careful when applying heavy pressure, such as when you burnish, sometimes pencils tend to flake. To remove the flakes, I use a drafting or make- up brush and/or tissue. 

  • To remove and prevent wax bloom (a build-up of wax on the surface of the paper), wipe the surface of the paper with a soft tissue and then lightly spray the drawing with 1 to 5 layers with Krylon Workable Fixatif Aerosol Spray. The fixative will prevent wax bloom and also protect your color pencil painting.

  • To create vivid intense colors, try using a solvent (turpenoid natural, liquin, Berol Prisma colorless blender markers, bistine, mineral spirits, baby wipes.

  • It is important to add a good range of values throughout your drawing. Remember the more layers of color and the heavier the pressure, the darker the colored area on your drawing will become.

  • To add life to your work, try varying the color intensity, saturation and hue in your artwork. Check out this link for an interactive color wheel

  • Try creating different moods, by drawing on different colored papers, such as Canson Mi Tientes.

  • When working on a tonal drawing, work from dark to light.

  • Keep pencil strokes even, and consistent in pressure and in direction, the lines of the strokes will be less visible and will blend into the layers of color.

  • Start off with light pressure when adding layers of color and gradually increase your pressure.

  • To create, a rich dark black, try layering Prismacolors indigo blue, crimson, sepia and black grape.

  • To keep areas on the surface of your paper white, try using a frisket film, liquid, frisket or frisket masque pen.

  • Keep a color key of your drawing, for future reference, in case you decide to take a break from your artwork.

  • For fine or small detail, try using Prismacolor Verithins. Rex Art has an open stock of them available

  • Practice using only a single color to help improve your blending, layering and graduating skills.

  • Try using different pressures (light, medium and heavy), to achieve different depths of color and tones of color.

  • Try using a light colored pencil, from your color palette, to draw out your sketch. 

  • Try using a pencil extension for your pencil stubs, or try gluing pencil ends together with superglue when your pencils become to small to sharpen.

  • Always keep the surface of your paper clean, brush away debris with drafting or makeup brush.

  • Remember to wipe tips of pencils off, before applying color to lighter areas to prevent smearing and smudging of debris and dark spots.

  • Try using complimentary colors in shaded or dark value areas to give an illusion of depth.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Updates and New Works

It's been a while since I posted last. I have been busy working on some new works, spending time with family and doing things around our new house. I hope all my followers are having a great summer. We hope to take off for vacation next month down the coast. I can't wait as I miss the coast so much.
And my daughter got a new puppy a few months back a white Siberian Husky. He looks a lot like a white German Shepherd. I have to say it is a lot like having a toddler around the house. I hope I get a chance to draw him once I can get some good pictures of him.


Just letting followers know, I will be slowly transferring my color pencil resource tips and techniques page to my blog before I start school again. Since I am only creating works now for just a hobby/pleasure, I have been pondering over the idea about making my blog my main site and phasing out the main site within the next year or so. I feel there is really no need in keeping a site anymore, especially once I finish up school and start web designing as a profession. I will be putting up my artwork that is for sale either at my Etsy store or at one of the auction places. I will be posting further updates on this later.

For those interested, I do have some new works up for sale at my Etsy store

New Works

I have some new sketches available for sale at Sketch Fest from this past weekend's Sketch Fest #39

I didn't get a chance to work on many sketches this time, as my husband had the computer most of the day on Saturday. I really enjoyed viewing everyone else's amazing works. Everyone is so artistically creative and talented there. Just practicing up on my pencil skills was so much fun though. All 4 are done in graphite some mixed with acrylic and color pencil.

1. Teacup Mermaid
Reference: Model - Poser and Teacup

2. The Magic of Faeries
Reference: My daughter

3. Crown of Stars
Reference: model

4. Water Elemental Mermaid ACEO
Reference: Poser and model pose (changed it up quite a bit though)

I have two new mermaid pieces available for sale up at my site
They are two of the three mermaid sisters from the Jack Sparrow series.

Graphite, Gel Ink and Color Pencil
Reference: Poser tool on iPhone

Graphite, Color Pencil and Gel Ink
Resource/CP tip of the Week

A great page on color pencil tips

Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Updates, Colored Pencil Resource of the Week, and Art Resource of the Week

To be a color pencil artist, is not every artist's cup of tea. It is a medium that can be quite time-consuming, tedious and requires a lot of practice. Because it takes me so long to do a color pencil painting, I figure I will never finish up all the ideas or project that I have on my to do list before I die. I have come to a point in my art career, where now I just draw and paint what interests me and brings me joy. I am not in it for the competition or to make a profit anymore. Of course it is nice, when an artist can make a sale, it definitely can bring a smile to one's face. But now, I create works of art to share what motivates and inspires me, to help teach others what I know and it has been a joy meeting artists from around the world, especially the ones from DA and Sketchfest. You gals are the best and you know who you are :D.  Thanks to everyone who has followed me along my art journey and has allowed me to follow along theirs. I hope these blog posts and my website resources have been and continue to be a educational resource and inspiration to other artists, students and teachers.


I Believe is finally finished. Done in color pencil on Stonehenge. As to the meaning behind the portrait - My idea behind this portrait was to capture a man's emotions who truly believes in his faith and has come to a dawning moment of pure simple joy, awe and peace. The scan didn't pick up all the details of the clouds but if you look hard you will see some images in the clouds.

New products are now available at my Etsy store

Color Pencil Resource of the Week

Color pencil artist Revelle Taillon demonstrates and explains a wonderful technique of applying color pencil on gesso board. Check it out here

Resource of the Week

As portable devices and social networking become a dominant part of most artists lives. I have discovered a valuable artist tool for my iPhone - Pose tool. It uses a 3D platform to place subjects in various poses. It has 3 point lighting and 4 different modes to place the subject in - muscle, life, mannequin and gesture. Check out the review and details here You can download it from your app store for $3.99. Well worth the cost.

I hope everyone has a blessed week!
Take Care!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day, Updates, CP Tip of the Week and Resource of the Week

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! I have been spending the day with my family and some great friends. Father's are wonderful and it is a day to honor, to thank them and to let them know how much we love them. My father is no longer here in this world. He passed away in 2007. He is in heaven now and I miss him. But I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father, whom he is now with.
So to all the father's out there I pray that you have had a wonderful day.

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Well Spring term is finally over with and I am now on summer break. It was a tough term but the Lord saw me through each step of the way. I couldn't have done it without Him. I didn't have any time to work on any drawings during this term. So I plan on picking up where I left off on my last work in progress.
Title: I Believe
Medium: Color Pencil
I still have the sky, shirt and face to work. I hope to have it finished up this week.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week
When working with color pencil, it is important to have a good pencil sharpener as you want to keep your points sharp. The reason why you want to keep your points sharp is due to two reasons:
  1. Keeping your lead sharp gives the artist the ability to achieve better detail.
  2. It helps maintain a more consistent layer of values. 
There are several types of pencil sharpeners and ways to sharpen your pencil. Most color pencil artists prefer the electric or handheld. The handheld is easy to port around if you are traveling. The blades will tend to get dull after awhile, so one will have to replace the blade or the sharpener altogether.  If one uses the electric sharpener, the points can get very sharp and one must be careful of the pencil lead breaking off in the sharpener or the sharpener eating away the pencil. There is also the sandpaper block, X-acto knife and the old hand-cranked pencil sharpener. The sandpaper block is very portable and can be used to sharpen graphite pencils as well. If one uses the X-acto knife, it is important to have sharp blades and it does take some practice to sharpen the pencil to a point. The hand-crank sharpener tends to eat away pencils, but some of the companies are starting to come out with some good ones.
Below are some different sharpeners that are available for color pencil artists.


Sandpaper Block

X-acto Knife

Hand-Cranked Pencil Sharpener

Derwent's Super Point Helical Desk Sharpener


Resource of the Week
Check out color pencil master Sandra Angelo's color pencil and graphite workshops. Learn how to master pet textures and the grisaille method.
Sandra's book Exploring Color Pencil was one of the first color pencil books I added to my library.

 Hope you all have a great week and God Bless!
Happy Creating!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Home, New Colored Pencil Works, and Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

Hey Everybody!
It's Spring Break, Winter Term is finally over with, and it has been a long time since my last post. I have been so overwhelmed with classes this last term, so many essays to write that I have had no time to pick up a pencil and draw. Then I got an eye ulcer in my eye and I wasn't able to see very well for the past two weeks. In addition, we moved out of the house we were renting and bought our first home.
Our New Home

So still have some unpacking and organizing to do, also a lot of yard work. I hope to get that done this week along with some much-needed drawing time.

Now that it is Spring Break, I plan on picking up where I left off on my latest work in progress. “I Believe” Medium: Color Pencil I am presently working on the shirt and background.

I Believe

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

There are many ways to lift up or remove colored pencil from your work. Whichever method you choose, do so carefully, so you do not tear or ruin the surface of your paper.

Bet Borgeson illustrates two ways here
and then over at my website I explain a few ways to remove colored pencil

Colored Pencil Tool of the Week

Many colored pencil artists out there use pencil extenders. Extenders are a handy little tool to extend the length of your pencil when your colored pencil becomes too short to use.
Here is one I found that you have to check out this marbled pencil extender over at Etsy
In addition, here are some others over at Amazon.

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter weekend!
Blessed Easter Sunday image
Easter Pictures

Take Care and God Bless!
Keep on Creating!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year and Updates!

Happy New Year Everyone!
It's been a long time since my last post. I apologize. I have just been so busy with school, family, the holidays, then getting sick, I have not had much time to get caught up on everything online.
I start back to school next week. I am still taking all the required classes, before I can actually begin taking the web design/computer classes. But starting spring term I will start beginning taking the design courses. Very excited about it. :)

And it looks like we might be moving again soon, as our landlord raised our rent $300 and it is killing us financially. But this time instead of renting, we are buying our first home. It seems renting a home around here, is quite a lot more expensive than buying. So things are going to be quite hectic for us in a few weeks and I am not sure how much time I will have for online, with school etc. and everything else going on.

New Works

I have some new works to share with you. Also I just posted up some new items up for sale at my etsy store
I finished up my portrait of Frans and Trish. I just got an email from them that they received it New Year's Eve and they were so thrilled, when they saw it. I can't tell how much gladness that brought me, knowing how tickled they were to finally receive it.

Frans and Trish
Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil


Also I just finished this up on New Year's It's called the Winter Lion. Done in Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

I don't think I have shared this before, but it is a sample tutorial by artist Christina Langman on creating a big cat using color pencil. You can check it out here

Also, there is a new blender pen out for color pencil artists. It's called the Finesse Blender Pen. I have yet to purchase it, but plan on to very soon, just to check it out. The rating is not that great on Amazon, but that is based just on two reviews. Apparently they are saying the pen dries out quickly. But from experience, I think the blender pens don't last as long as "we" artists would like them to.
There are more blender pens on market now than there use to be 5 or 10 years ago. The blender pens that I use whilst creating my works, are the Tombow Colorless Blenders and the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Marker.
There is also the Copic Sketch Marker Colorless Blender and the Sakura Colorless Blender pen. I have yet to check out either one, but plan to very soon as well. One nice thing about the Copic Sketch Marker Colorless Blender you can get ink refill replacements.

My advice is to try each one out, as each artist has different techniques and tastes, to determine which one you like the best.

Resource of the Week

If you are need of some inspiration check out Some amazingly talented portrait artists. They have a forum, a place to sell your works and artist highlights.

I hope you all have an amazing, sucessful, blessed new year!
Best Wishes!

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