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!