Sunday, November 11, 2012

Work In Progress, Updates, Donating Artwork and Resource of the Week

Hi Everyone!
It's been crazy busy with school. Trying to find time to draw has been pretty much limited to, one day a week for me - Saturday. And then I hope nothing comes up, to interfere with the day. I am looking forward to Christmas break to work on some sketches from the sketchfest. I am presently not taking any commissions, just no time to work on them.

Anyways, here is my current work in progress of a portrait of Frans and Trish. I am so thankful they have not complained about how long it has been taking to complete this. They got married back in August. Two very special people. I hope I am capturing their likeness and spirit. Presently working on their clothes and the flowers.

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Donating Artwork

If you have been following along on my Facebook Page, you will have known by now that I finished the cougar piece. I tried to posting it up on ebay, donating a percentage to Wildcat Haven, well I ran into some trouble. Even though I got permission from the photographer to use her photo as a reference, it appears she failed to tell me that Wildcat Haven had exclusive rights. My fault I should have checked into it further and I should have contacted them as well. Well, they were bit nasty with their messages, which got me upset, and pretty much calling me a liar. Anyways, to put a long story short, I now have decided to give back to my followers on Facebook, the cougar drawing is now a part of a free Thanksgiving give-a-way. If you "like" the post on my Facebook page, you will automatically be put into the drawing on 15th of November.
I have done many donations for rescue places, this is the very first time, I have ever ran into any problems with donating a percentage of the sale to an organization. As artists, I think it is important that we share our bad experiences, so other artists may learn from our own mistakes.

Steps When Donating Artwork or Percentage of the Sale of Artwork:
  1. Always check out throughly the non-profit organization you wish to donate your artwork to, or a percentage of a artwork sale to.  What exactly is their mission? Do they accept percentage of sales on ebay? Do they allow drawings or paintings of their animals (don't just assume you just need permission from the photographer)
  2. Ask other artists, who have donated to the organization, what they thought about the organization. What did they think about the organization? How did they treat you? Did you get a donation receipt?
  3. Always, try to use stock photos or your own photos for references.
  4. If you decide to use a photo that isn't stock or not your own, make sure to get permission from the photographer and stick to their guidelines to the tee. And of course always give credit when you post the image up on your website.
  5. Notify the photographer and organization when you are done with the artwork.
  6. Notify the photographer and organization when you plan to put up the artwork for bid on ebay.
  7. Find out if there are any guidelines, when posting artwork up for bid on ebay.
Resource of the Week

A great article for emerging artists, artists trying to re-define themselves or artists struggling what their niche is.
6 Ways to Develop Your Signature Style

Hope you all have a great week!
Happy Creating!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Colored Pencil Works, Colored Pencil Tip & Colored Pencil Resource of the Week

Hi Everyone,
So sorry I haven't updated in a while. I have been so busy with school, I just haven't had much time to work on any colored pencil artwork. I made it a point to set homework aside to post something today.

I am putting school work aside on Friday, October the 26th and maybe possibly the 27th to throw out some ACEO and other sketches. So if you are interested in checking the sketchfest out and purchasing any of my sketches check it out here

Colored Pencil Artwork Updates

I have two work in progress updates to share. I am not as far along as I hoped to be, but I will be working on them both this weekend.

The first work in progress is of a cougar.
Medium: Colored Pencil
Paper: Canson Mi Tientes 
Reference photo courtesy of Karine Aigner Photography

The second work in progress is a commission portrait of Frans and Trish.
Medium: Colored Pencil
Paper: Bristol


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Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

A video on colored pencil tips by Janie Gildow focusing on the basic colored pencil techniques.

If you search for colored pencil tutorials or drawings at YouTube, you will find some amazing helpful informative videos to help you grow as an artist. I think it is important to see how other artists work with the medium you like to work in. You might discover helpful tips, ideas, and techniques you never knew about.

Resource of the Week

A great site I have discovered for helpful art advice and tips.

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

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


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

The first is a rough sketch of a couple I am doing a commission portrait for. I will be doing this probably all in colored pencil. I might use watercolor pencil or graphite for the background. I am 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

Irojiten Colored Pencil Review

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, they are available in open stock, they are priced $2.39 each . They are also available in three 30-pack volume sets - Rainforest 30-Pack, Woodland, 30-Pack, and Seascape, 30-Pack. And available in 5 pack pencil sets - Primary, Soft Primary, Fluorescent, Cool Gray, and Sepia . The prices for the sets range online from $8.54 - $53.99 per set. The pencils are wax based. No information yet on lightfastness 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 their palette. Their palette of soft colors available is what caught my eye, as I tend to use a lot of soft colors in my colored pencil works. 
The lead is neither soft nor hard. If I were to compare them to a particular brand of pencils I would say they are similar to 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 the Verithins. In addition, a handheld sharpener works great in sharpening these pencils to a point.

Applying light pressure, I applied one layer, then 2 layers and then 3 layers of color. I then applied a Copic colorless blender marker to see how the colors would blend. The single color did not blend as smoothly as the multiple layers of color. Next I applied a colorless blender pencil to the layers and then used a blending stump. I discovered some of the colors needed more layers in order to stand out well. I didn't have to constantly brush away pencil debris like I do with Prismacolors pencils. The Irojitens blended well with other colored pencil brands and they work great for small details. I will be ordering more. I love the color palettes. I think these will be great for working on my small miniature works and small details.

Art Resource of the Week

As I love to take photos but I 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!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Work In Progress, Colored Pencil Tip and Resource of the Week

Hi Everyone!
It's been a while since I posted last. Last time I posted we were in the process of moving. We are finally all moved in to town and are slowly getting settled. It still feels all so surreal. We had to downsize quite a bit, as the house we moved into is quite a bit smaller than our previous home, but at least we are not having to breathe in black mold anymore.

After living in the country for 20 years, I think we are transforming into city dwellers quite well. The town of Carlton is so friendly and we are discovering wonderful restaurants and diners, such as the Deli Station, Cielo Blue's (amazing french cuisine), and Carlton Coffee Company. We plan on going to Carlton's Walk in the Park in a couple of weeks and will share photos then.

Cielo Blue Restaurant

We have a field behind us and get to hear and see - doves, quail, pheasant, deer and saw a coopers hawk the other day. Wished I had a good camera I would have gotten an awesome pic of him.

Field Behind Our House

Our four cats are slowly getting use to the new place, most of them have decided my art room is the place to hang out, as you can see Shadow here loves laying on the window sill in my art room.

Work In Progress

So here is an update on my latest work in progress. Presently working on the background. I worked on the rocks first, to complete a step by step on creating rocks with color pencil and watercolor pencil. I will be darkening those up after I complete the background.

Bear Creek

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week

Back in April, I shared on how I blend two colors together, using colored pencil. I came across a wonderful video today, by color pencil artist Janie Gildow. She demonstrates on how she blends two colors together. It's a great little excercise and I would like to encourage my followers to give it a try. The only thing different that I do is, I use a more of a vertical stroke, when applying color, whereas, Janie is using more of a circular stroke. And she is so right, working with colored pencil does take a lot of patience.  Check it out here

Resource of the Week

I just had to share this link of artist Johannes Wesmark. He is a photo realist working with colored pencil and watercolor. His landscapes are amazing!

Keep on creating everyone and have a great week!


Monday, July 9, 2012

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

Hey Everybody!
It's been a busy couple of weeks, packing, cleaning and sorting. So, I haven't had anytime to work on my current work in progress. Did I mention how much I hate packing yet? I really hate moving too! Anyways, Wednesday, I have got to pack up all my art things, as the big move is on Friday. I will be without internet from Friday the 13th til Monday the 16th. I will be sure and post pictures of the new house, once we get everything moved in.

So since no current work in progress, I thought I would share two of my favorite very talented color pencil artists with you, to check out and
And Ann Kullberg's 13th Annual Member Show is now available for viewing. I have entered the show a couple of times in the past, but they changed the rules a few years back. Entries must use their own stock/reference photos. I purchase a lot of stock photos and/or use DA Stock, so many of my entries would be disqualified. 
This was one of my prior submissions, but it aroused a lot of flack because I used a stock photo from DA from one of my favorite models.

But I highly recommend you check the show out, some outstanding pieces.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

This week I wanted to share how to transfer your sketch to your drawing surface. There is no right or wrong method. Just remember whatever method you use, some methods will not allow you erase lines very well.
Here are the following ways.
  1.  Free hand using a light color pencil or graphic pencil.
  2.  Use saral graphite transfer paper.
  3.  Use the grid method
  4.  Trace
  5.  Projector
  6.  Rub transfer
  7.  Light Box
Here are a couple of links to check out on some of the methods

Resource of the Week

An interesting article on why "Not All Art is Licensable"  by Joan Beiriger

I hope everyone has a great week!
Keep on creating!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Work In Progress, Color Pencil Tip of the Week and Resource of the Week

Hey everyone!
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I have been so busy sorting, cleaning and packing to move to our new home, I haven't had a whole lot of time to draw. I have been trying to catch some drawing time in between all the packing. I was able to catch a couple of hours to participate in Ellen Millions Sketch Fest

The first, is an ACEO inspired by prompt "Snow White" done in Ebony and Derwent graphic pencil. The second is a sketch inspired by the prompt "The Violin Player". I didn't quite get this one done, I still have the background and hair to work on. This will be done in color pencil and part of my emotional/music series.

Work In Progress

So here is my latest work in progress. It's a landscape. It is going to be for a step by step demo on rocks. So I have started with the rocks first. Normally I would have started with the background first, but I needed to get the rocks done first to get the demo completed in time. All work is color pencil and watercolor pencil on watercolor paper.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

Like the old masters, try building your composition first by using grays, complementary, or neutral colors then layer other colors on top of those layers. This technique is called Grisaille.
Colored pencil artist Arlene Steinberg has used this technique in some of her still life and floral works. It makes the colors rich and they intensify, as you can see in some of her works at her web site 
Here is a thread over at Wet Canvas that explains the technique Arlene used and some useful tips and ideas

Resource of the Week

How to register copyrights digitally

I hope you all have a great blessed Sunday and 4th of July!

Keep on creating!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Artwork Finished, Color Pencil Tip and Resource of the Week

Hi Everyone!
I am a couple days late on this post, but I haven't had any time to post. Things have been quite hectic with family and we are now moving to a new home. So I have been busy sorting, cleaning and packing. After 10 years+ living out in the country, we are moving into the city. It will be quite a change and I will miss it out here, but due to my health and my daughter getting services for her PDD, we have to move into town.
Anyways, I finally finished the current work in progress. I have to say this is one of the hardest portraits I have ever worked on due to having to go by such a small photograph. The eyes were the most difficult because of the poor photograph. I gave it to my mom today, but I am not sure if she really liked it. Hard to tell. She says it's cool, but my mom has never been a big fan or supporter of my artwork and especially color pencil.
Title: The Links
Medium: Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Size: 13.75 x 11.0

Color Pencil Tip of the Week
Some color pencil artists will use color pencil dust to use as a base color or undertone. To create the dust, first use a small fine strainer or a sanding board and grate the pencil lead off into a fine powder. Next, apply the dust using  either a q-tip, cotton ball, or brush. Next, dip brush or q-tip into odorless mineral spirits and use painterly strokes onto the area of the dust, thus creating a toned underpainting. The mineral spirits liquefys the wax, creating more vibrant colors.

Resource of the Week
Huge resource on color pencil tips and techniques by artist Sheri Doty. Good section on Mineral Spirits and Solvents.

Hope you all have a great week!
Keep on Creating!

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Daughter's Graduation and Resources of the Week

Hello Everyone!
It has been such a busy past week with my daughter's high school graduation, I did not get time to work on my current work in progress at all. But have to share graduation photos. It's been a struggle for my daughter all year with math, getting senior project done and keeping up with grades, but she did an amazing job. And I love her very much and I am so very very proud of her.

Color Pencil Tip/Resource of the Week

Airbrushing with color pencils is a new technique I discovered through the Color Pencil Magazine. Artist Jo Goudie, , provided the step by step technique. Starting off first with dissolving lead tips from Derwent inktense  pencils into small jars with a bit of tepid water and letting them stand overnight. Once the lead is dissolved you feed it through the airbrush onto the surface of the paper and you want to apply it using many light layers to avoid buckling the paper. Let the paper dry for a few days, before applying color pencil to the surface.

I was thinking one might be able to do this with watercolor pencils. So it is something I intend to experment and play around with.
Some inexpensive airbrushes I found on Amazon some need propellants

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week!
Happy Creating!
Carol Moore
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Updates, Color Pencil Tip of the Week & Resource of the Week

Hey Everyone,
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I have been so busy with family and my daughter's graduation.  I haven't had a lot of time as of late to draw. Plus we have plans to move at the end of July. So things will be only getting more hectic this summer. We are going to have to downsize a lot.
Next week is my daughter's last week of school and then she graduates on the 10th. So excited and proud of her. I will be posting gradation pictures next weekend!
Anyways, here's the most recent update of the portrait gift I am working on. As you can see by the photo next to it, I am having to work from not the best of reference photos. There is a lot of glare on their eyes and eyeglasses. It's been quite tedious, but I am going to push myself to finish it up this week and get it out of the way, as I want to start on a new landscape or portrait for color pencil mag contest and the deadline for that is September 1st.

I wanted to share a video that has some of my artwork and some other amazing talented artists works as well. The focus of the video is depression awareness, which many people battle. I have been working on a series of emotional pieces focused on some of the issues that cause depression - such as, divorce, sadness, hopelessness and loneliness. Be sure and check it out

I have some of my miniature artwork up for sale at my Etsy store and prints. You can check it out here

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

I always get a lot of questions from other artists on DA how do you do that in color pencil, it looks just like a photo???! I always say, " a lot of practice and patience". Which is true, it has taken me years to get where I am today, in working with color pencil, not just by practicing, but also by reading lots of books, articles, observing other artists techniques and styles, and I have gone to a workshop (hoping to go to more workshops when finances are not so tight)

To apply color pencil, you don't just start by scribbling on one color. You have to analyze the colors of your reference and determine what color pencils you will need to achieve those colors. It's lot like mixing watercolor paints to achieve a color you want, so it is the same for color pencils.

Color pencils are a translucent medium, so by laying down one layer of color on top of another the colors below show through. Much like watercolors.
To analyze and determine what colors from your reference you will need, you will first need to make something similar to like Ann Kullberg's value viewer to or buy her portrait tool kit.( It is a must have kit!) 
Look through the value viewer on your reference photo to zero on colors and compare, determine and match up color pencils to that area.

Or you can use what I use, a photo shop program. You use the color dropper tool on your reference image to determine what area a certain color is and then compare, determine and match up color pencils to that specific color.

Last of all, begin applying and layering lightest colors first, then  slowly work  up to the darkest colors, using a consistent light to medium pressure.

Resource of the Week

Derwent color pencil hints and tips

Hope you all have a great day!!
Keep on Creating and Practicing!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

WIP, Color Pencil Tip of the Week & Resource of the Week

Hello all my followers!
Today is the day of my youngest daughter's senior prom. I can't believe it is her last year of highschool. I am so proud of her. She has blossomed into a caring beautiful young lady. And she plans on going to artschool in Minnesota. There is no greater joy than our children. I shall post pictures later today, after we get her all dolled up. I can't wait :)

So here is an update. Just had to share these of my daughter getting ready for prom.
My Daughter Melissa
Melissa and her friend Elise

Something I wanted to share with everyone was this quote and it is something I hope none of us artists never give up on, even us "struggling starving artists", such as myself and to all future artists.

If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it;
If you can dream it,
You can become it.
~ William Arthur Ward


Work In Progress

So here is an update of my current work in progress. I am working on the clothing and background. All done in color pencil.

Mother's Day Gift

Color Pencil Tip of the Week

This week I wanted to share 6 different types of strokes I use when creating works with color pencil. The first is light pressure cross-hatching, light pressure and widely spaced stippling, circulism, circular-scrumbing, stippling closely overlapping and a soft-vertical stroke. I probably use the soft-vertical stroke and the circular-scrumbling the most, but I will use each one depending on the subject I am working on.

Resource of the Week

This week I wanted to share with everyone the Parklane Miniature Show. One of these days, when I have enough $$, I would love to participate in it. Maybe next year, if finances allow. Some beautiful works!

I hope you all  have a great weekend and happy creating!

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