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Portraiture with Dark-Skinned Models

Portraiture with Dark-Skinned Models

by Robin RudolphAs a child, I had been taught to see colours in faces, particularly black skin which is vibrant with colour. This also allows me to see colours in all areas of life. With various teachers, I vastly improved my coloured pencil portraiture, learning to add more colours to a face. And I can put into practice my lifelong... View more
The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - June 2024

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - June 2024

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR Magazine, The Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out FB group links at the bottom of this post. Call for entry is posted every month in participating Facebook groups—join in... View more
Art Exhibitions and Competitions — Why should you submit your artwork?

Art Exhibitions and Competitions — Why should you submit your artwork?

by Susan MurrayWhen we think of juried exhibitions and competitions, the word “subjective” often comes to mind, implying that opinions outweigh facts. Unlike competitions in sports or quizzes where winners are clear-cut based on speed or knowledge, art competitions rely on individual judgment. So, why expose our art to such subjective evaluation?Molly, 8 x 12 inchesLet me begin by telling... View more
May 2024 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

May 2024 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the May 2024 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase share the stories behind their beautiful artwork here in our blog.  Dancing with the Light by Barbara Dahlstedt24 x 36 inchesPrismacolor, Derwent Lightfast, and Luminance colored pencils and Neocolor II wax pastels on drafting film. (Artist's own photo reference.) During a performance of Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, I... View more
The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2024

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2024

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR Magazine, The Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out FB group links at the bottom of this post. Call for entry is posted every month in participating Facebook groups—join in... View more
My Top Tips for Working in Coloured Pencil

My Top Tips for Working in Coloured Pencil

by Michelle FarmerI’ve always been a creative soul. As a child you could find me with a sketch pad, pencil, or paintbrush in my hands, out in the garden sketching tree bark or leaves. For many years, I took watercolour classes with many of my pieces proudly gracing the walls of our family home. In 2022, I took up coloured... View more
April 2024 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

April 2024 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the April 2024 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase share the stories behind their beautiful artwork here in our blog.    The Royals by Karen O'Neill-Brown12 x 5.5 inchesPolychromos, Luminance, Pablo colored pencils on Pastelmat. Photo from Adobe Stock. The majesty of these beautiful cats drew me (forgive the pun) to this picture, and I had... View more
The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2024

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2024

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR Magazine, The Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out FB group links at the bottom of this post. Call for entry is posted every month in participating Facebook groups—join in... View more