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!