Around 18 months ago, I created an email to send to around 100 CP artists around the world whose work I admired, or who had earned CPSA Signature Membership, inviting them to submit work for a new colored pencil compilation book. I needed 80 of them to respond. I figured it would take about a month to get those 80 needed pieces of art. I finished composing my email, clicked on Send and went to bed.
I woke up the next morning to dozens and dozens of replies and submissions! I filled the book in fewer than 3 days. Nope...that's not a typo! It was literally 60 hours from the time I sent the email till the moment I had to close submissions. Incredible.
I figured colored pencil artists were hungry for this sort of book, as was I - not just a compilation, but a chronicle of the progression of our most beloved medium in the world of fine art, a snapshot in time of the adolescent period in colored pencil's still-young life. And more importantly, I saw how willing and eager colored pencil artists were to share - share their art, their inspiration and their methods and techniques. It was pretty darned exciting!
There is gorgeous colored pencil work out there from emerging artists, complete unknowns, and from those too timid (or intimidated) to enter the big shows. To those of you who recognize that timid artist in you...let me tell you something I learned a long, long time ago. Those artists who are most unsure of their work are so often the most talented. If you think you really have a long way to go...you might just end up on the cover of CP Treasures Volume II.
So give it a go. Yeah...that's a great idea. Just give it a go.