August 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

August 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the August 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.

Object of My Reflection
by David Neace
19.5" x 20.25"
Own photo reference
Prismacolor and Verithin pencils on Arches watercolor paper 140lb.

This is a 1934 Ford Roadster Deluxe that I photographed at a local car show. The way the reflections danced in the shine of the car just called for me to put this image to paper. I love vintage cars, trains and buildings. I like art that captures a moment in time and speaks to us of the past. The graceful lines of cars, trains and buildings in the first half of the last century are one part of my inspirations that guide me on creating art.

About David

Dave’s education in the arts has been with on-the-job training in graphic arts, printing, pre-press and mapping. His familiarity with the printing process and PMS colors, along with the precision for engraving maps, helped him develop a steady hand and the love for detail in his work.

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The Path Less Traveled
by Dianna Wallace Soisson
19" x 27"
Color pencil on Stonehenge Paper.
Own Reference Photo

In my reference photo the leaf seemed to have taken the more difficult, or different, route than the other leaves were taking which was directly over the falls. It was parallel to my life at the time. Most women my age had careers outside of the home. As both a wife and a nanny, I felt a strong calling to pursue a God given gift of art. Despite sacrifices, difficulties, and challenges, God has blessed me with this insatiable passion and desire to share with others.

About Dianna

Dianna Wallace Soisson, a contemporary realist, uses her water scenes to draw the milestones, the sacrifices and the miracles of her life. Just like one’s life, nature changes every moment; from turbulent and unexpected to calm and inviting. Dianna, a Kane, Pennsylvania native, now resides in Saline, Michigan.

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by Nikiforova Svetlana Yurievna
11.6" x 16.5"
Original design/concept, drawn from life, or en plein air
Prismacolor on Goznak paper

This drawing was drawn for the competition: "Three pencils," which took place in the community of artists in the Russian social network. This drawing "Mandarins" is the winner of the contest. Under the terms of the competition, it was allowed to use only three colors: blue, orange and brown and, additionally, it was possible to use a white pencil and a black pencil.

About Nikiforova

Svetlana was born in the city of Lodeinoe Pole, St. Petersburg, Russia. A drawing for her is a hobby and a favorite time for rest. With no formal art education, she independently studies the basics of art, composition, chiaroscuro, and construction of objects in perspective.


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

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