Saturday, April 14, 2012

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

Hello Everyone!
Things have been hectic as of late and I haven't had much time to work on my newest work in progress. So in my last blog post, I mentioned how I constructed my own icarus board by using an old light table board and heating pad. The technique is really quite fun. I am going through my pencils way faster though and I have to brush away debris more often, but the rich colors one can achieve are wonderful. I have been layering down a few layers of colors and then I place my work on top of the heated board and then blend the colors with a lighter color. I also have just tried blending and layering the colors while on the heated board, which really has a quite vivid rich effect. It's a wonderful technique and I urge everyone to either purchase an icarus board or make up your own. It's quite fun. So here is the latest update on my recent work in progress.

Color Pencil Tip of the Week
So I have been asked before, how do I get such realistic results with my works. Really it's all in blending and layering many different colors. I start off with my lightest colors first, then I work my way up to darker colors. And I always try to start with the background first. As you can sort of see in this work in progress.

Next week, I will show a step by step in how I layer different colors to achieve a particular color.

Resource of the Week
A great resource for all color pencil artists on Color Pencil Tools and Techniques by artist Sheri Lynn Boyer

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Happy Creating!


  1. Citrus Thinner ( - Is a citrus distillate and a byproduct of the manufacture of citrus peel liquor. Have yet to check this product out

    Zest-it ( - Have yet to check this product out.

    This is from you website. Have you researched these two items? I have environmental illness and can't use any solvents that I know of.

  2. Hi Lindie,
    No I have not but I heard from other artists that the extra mild citrus thinner has a low toxicity and is made from a combination of cosmetic grade mineral oil, food quality orange oil and herbal essential oils. I have heard might cause respiratory problems, so since I have asthma I can't use it. As far as Zest-it is an environmentally friendly, non-flammable, non-toxic, biodegradable, made from the zest of citrus fruit and Aliphatic Hydrocarbon type solvent, that is non-toxic. I just don't know if the contents might eventually harm the paper, when using it with color pencils. It says it has a neutral PH value. Here is zest-it msds Sorry I couldn't be of more help

  3. wow. . .really nice post, . . .thanks a lot ofr showing it to me...keep it up . .
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