December 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

December 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the December 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these interesting animal subjects.

A Touch of Fall by Terry A. Gambill
8" x 10"
Drawn from Life
Faber Castell polychromos pencils on Strathmore Bristol smooth paper

I have always loved seeing the pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn in the grocery in the fall. I arranged some of these items from the store with some autumn leaves that I picked up along my walk in the neighborhood and knew that I had to draw them when I saw how the colors popped as I put them together.

About Terry

Terry Gambill is a Georgia-based artist with decades of experience in art education. In her retirement, she has focused her efforts on graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil art. She is active in the Fine Arts Society of Middle Georgia and loves going to workshops to further her education in art.


by Tanya Tyrer
8" x 10"
Creative Commons Image
Polychromos, Pablo and Prismacolor Colored pencil on Fabriano Artistico HP Watercolor Paper

This piece was inspired by the recent death of a friend, and avid conservationist Wayne Lotter. Wayne dedicated his life to fighting for the conservation of Tanzania’s elephants and wildlife, and tragically died in the line of duty earlier this year. You can visit to learn more about Wayne and the amazing work that is ongoing in Tanzania.

Wayne’s passion and drive to make a difference was incredible and so an “African” tribute seemed fitting. The way he lived his life has inspired me to follow my passion and use my God given talent to create artworks that express my love and adoration for the natural world, and hopefully in some small way bring awareness to the importance of nature conservation.

I absolutely loved creating this piece. I adore the playfulness and character of cats! It always amazes me that regardless of their size or age, whether they’re domesticated or a wild, each one possesses a beautifully unique personality. When I found the reference of this young girl I just had to capture her “curios” expression. You have to wonder what she’s looking at so intently!

About Tanya

Tanya is a self-taught artist living in New Zealand and has been working in colored pencil since 2016. South African born, her passion lies in the natural world and all it encompasses. The aim of her artworks is to capture the unique beauty and character of each subject she draws.

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Beach Bikes
by Gwynn Walker Di Pilla
18" x 27"
Drawn from life
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils (No solvents used), Cold pressed illustration board.

I was inspired to do this scene when I saw my neighbor’s new bikes at the shore place we stay in during the summer. I asked to borrow them in order to pose them on the beach and photograph them. I must have re-arranged them at least 20 times before arriving at the pose I thought best. When working on the drawing, I omitted aspects of the photograph that weren’t aesthetically pleasing, such as a telephone poll and grill. I had prints made of the finished piece and sold them in shops and galleries on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, which is where the image was created. The original was in numerous art shows and won several awards before being sold to a private collector in Florida.

About Gwynn:

Gwynn has been a working artist and art teacher since college in public schools and privately, with a concentration in drawing and painting. She attended Studio Incamminati, an atelier school, where she received instruction in contemporary realism. Gwynn is self-taught in colored pencil, applying her training in developing her style.

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

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