April 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

April 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

This month, three artists who were featured in the April 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these interesting subjects.

Young Hand
by Ann Marchel Kelley
15" x 15"
Own photo reference
Prismacolor Pencil on watercolor paper.

Branding time is a day of neighbors helping neighbors and of family traditions. Like his father before him, and with determination and the passion of a true Cowboy, Jesse is "learning the ropes." All the necessary ingredients to make a Good Hand. This moment in Jesse's life inspired me to capture it because I could relate to his determination and passion when I was his age.

About Marchel:
Marchel exhibited her work in the "Split Skirts and Sidesaddles- Women Artists of The West" Art show, in Juried Shows and galleries. She competed in the "Artist's Magazine - All Media Competition," selected as one of the 236 Finalists. Her work has been published in colored pencil books.

See more from Ann on her Facebook Page.


by Susan Brinkmann
24" x 16"
Own photo reference
Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'Ache Supracolor soft pencils on Winsor
& Newton smooth surface heavyweight cartridge paper

My niece Vera is one of my favorite models. I made a photo series of her when she was about 12 for a commissioned booklet containing photo's and poems about 'Emotions'. This picture portrayed the emotion 'Grief', but in the drawing the emotion turned out different than in the reference photo. The drawing is more about serenity, contemplation, melancholy and the innocence and beauty of youth. The pose reminded me of a swan: beautiful, graceful and pure.

About Susan:

Susan Brinkmann is British, but has lived in the Netherlands most of her life. Portraits of people and animals are her favorite subject, and her commissioned portraits are appreciated across the planet. Her ultimate challenge is to not only create a good likeness, but to capture 'life' in a portrait.

See more from Susan on her facebook page.


Mandarins and Paper
by Paco Martin Dominguez
12.59" x 10.23"
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Luminance and Pablos on Caballo paper 109

I love drawing objects from everyday life, I love details and textures. A long conversation with a friend about tangerines with green leaves suggested me this drawing. ,It took me much time to finish it but I'm very happy with the final result, it's a very special drawing for me because it allowed me to focus a lot on details and enjoy every moment.

About Paco:

Paco has been using coloured pencils since he was a child. His first Faber box of 18 coloured pencils blew him away. Little by little he was facing bigger artistic challenges and he made his decision years ago to devote himself full time to coloured pencils.

See more from Paco on his Facebook Page.


These artworks were published in the April 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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