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!