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Colored Pencil - A-mazing Art!!


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Is that dog REALLY a Colored Pencil drawing??!!

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Colored Pencil - A-mazing Art!!

  1. 1. 10 GREAT QUOTES 10 Great Quotes that will help you UNLEASH THE BEST COLORED PENCIL ARTIST IN YOU. Selected images & quotes from CP Treasures, Volume II – available at
  2. 2. “The essentials of my technique begin and end with lighting!” I am particularly entranced with back lighting which makes objects with some transparency really shine. The yellow onions are the perfect example of this. When the tissue thin layers are separated and backlit the humble onions look as gorgeous as the most beautiful flowers! DON’T CRY FOR ME CECILE BAIRD, CPSA – USA Excerpt from page 5 of CP Treasures Volume II
  3. 3. “Don’t be afraid to crop your photos.” Don’t be afraid to crop your photographs. My reference photo showed the little girl walking with her mother. Cute photo, but not interesting enough. When I zeroed in on just her face and her hat I knew I had what I was looking for. What had originally attracted my to the photo was the sense of wonderment and mystery on that little face. READ MORE >> NATASHA Donna Caputo, CPSA – USA Excerpt from page 7 of CP Treasures Volume II
  4. 4. “The longer I look at the area I am drawing, different colours gradually become apparent.” I like to build up colour lightly and slowly, as the longer I look at the area I am drawing, different colours gradually become apparent. I find I am often standing back from my drawing to check that what I am drawing has maintained believability. Taking time away from my drawing can also help me see that the marks I have been making have created the desired effect. Above all, choosing subjects which challenge my existing knowledge plus drawing regularly ensures I continue learning, and will always be my greatest teacher. THE OLD PIANO JOYCE DE RUYTER – AUSTRALIA Excerpt from page 13 of CP Treasures Volume II
  5. 5. “I frequently half close my eyes when I paint.” I frequently half close my eyes while I paint to check the tones as they become a lot clearer that way. High contrast and intense contours enhance the 3D effect and make the painting really come to life. THE PASSING OF THE MULBERRY TREE TITIKA FARAKLOU – GREECE Excerpt from page 18 of CP Treasures Volume II
  6. 6. “Artists must go further and also try to express an emotion.” I think it’s important to have a good technique, this allows an artist to obtain the desired aesthetic results , but I also think that having a good technique is like having one tool more, but this should not be the only one for the realistic or photorealist artists. The artists must go further and they shouldn’t just copy a photograph, but they should interpret it, add contents and also try to express an emotion, a meaning and this is the hardest part. BIANCAN-EVAN CHRISTINA IOTTI – ITALY Excerpt from page 34 of CP Treasures Volume II
  7. 7. “An important aspect is the vibrant colors I use to express a drab color.” Here is an exercise that I often use to expand my understanding of color. You can use it anywhere, any time. Pick an object that is within sight. It can be close or in the distance. Make sure this object is a somewhat neutral color. First, decide what ONE Prismacolor pencil you’d use to express this color. Then, think of two or three pencils you might layer to render the object you’re looking at. Next, think of a vivid color that is nothing like your chosen object. THE GAUGE LAURA LEONARD – USA Excerpt from page 43 of CP Treasures Volume II
  8. 8. “5% of my photos end up becoming drawings.” It starts with photography. I say to my husband, “I’m going on a photography walk.” I’ve been making this announcement for over 30 years. All my drawings and paintings start with photography walks. Exploring and composing through a lens is one of the joys of life. Back home, whether from a local walk or on return from an overseas trip, the selection process begins. About 5% of my photos end up becoming source material for drawings. CONVERSATIONS AT DUSK JULIE PODSTOLSKI – AUSTRALIA Excerpt from page 57 of CP Treasures Volume II
  9. 9. “There are limitless layers to explore in the medium, nature and the soul.” My intent is to stimulate and provoke questions from both myself and the viewing audience. Colored pencil is often considered a very simple medium but the very nature of the layering process used in my work can lead to a deeper understanding that the lure of simplicity is often an illusion; that there are in actuality limitless layers to explore both in the medium, nature and the soul. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS NANCY WOOD TABER, CPSA – USA Excerpt from page 77 of CP Treasures Volume II
  10. 10. “If you are a beginner, prepare to make mistakes.” Try not to be too precious about your art especially if you are a beginner; be prepared to make mistakes, have fun with different mediums and see which ones suit you best… And another top tip…look at your subject, really look and understand how it’s formed and how it relates to objects around it…these tips helped me along the way many years back. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD ALAN WOOLLETT – ENGLAND Page 78 of CP Treasures Volume II
  11. 11. “One technique I have is drawing upside-down.” One technique I have is drawing upside-down if I am having trouble with a detailed subject in a photo source. This allows me to look at it in an abstract way and concentrate on shape, proportion, depth, etc. and not be distracted by the subject matter. Works every time! GUANJUATO VISTA #3 CHRIS ZINN, CPSA – USA Excerpt from page 81 of CP Treasures Volume II
  12. 12. Available at • Over 80 artists from 13 countries. • Stunning Art • Tips & Techniques • Enrich your Art Library Today!