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. This week, I am trying to transfer all website tips and resources over to my blog.  I still haven't even tackled Zazzle yet. 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. All files are lost. My husband thought he could fix the hard drive, but he was unable to do so. He is going to try to do one more thing to see if he can get the hard drive to work, but I am afraid all files are lost. So anyway, enough of my bad news, I have new work to share.

New Artwork

Title: "Let Every Voice Sing"

Medium: Colored Pencil

Paper: Canson Mi Tientes

Size: 8.0" x 10.0"

Reference: Jagged-Eye Stock


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 colored pencil.


Finished Piece - Autumn Eyes

I hope everyone has a blessed week. Stay well, safe and healthy.
Keep on Creating!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Creating White Using Colored Pencils

Colored Pencil Tips & Techniques:

Creating White Using Colored Pencils

It's All About 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 only 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 the white-colored pencil is effective in bringing out the highlights and wispy hairs within a subject. 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



Keep on Creating!