December 2018 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

December 2018 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the December 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. In their posts below, each artist shares their inspiration for their beautiful art.


by Elizabeth Hatwell-Evans
17 x 12 inches
Caran d'Ache Luminance and Derwent Lightfast, on Canson pastel paper.
(Public domain photo.)

Henna tattoo on bare back of Indian bride. This drawing was inspired by the mystique of Indian brides. Often we see henna as a vital part of the wedding dress, but what lies underneath is for only her new husband to see. I was surprised to find that the beautiful henna art is painted all over the bride's body. It was particularly difficult to attain the correct tones of the skin and contrasting with the henna hues. I used the new Derwent Lightfast pencils; this was my first drawing using them. I found them to be smooth and velvety, but some were difficult to sharpen, so I had to go gentle in case of breakage. However, the new tones in black and whites were fabulous. To have such a choice in these tones is fabulous and I can't wait for the rest of the hues to be released. My ever-faithful Caran d'Ache Luminance blender pencil gave the blending I wanted to achieve in the skin tones.

About Elizabeth Hatwell-Evans:

Elizabeth is a colored pencil artist living in South Australia. She is inspired by women from around the world and various cultures, and loves to capture culture and beauty from around the world.

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by Shana Rowe Jackson
14 x 11 inches
Prismacolor, Polychromos, Luminance, and Derwent Drawing colored pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes (white, smooth side).
(Artist's own photo.)

I did this drawing of my husband from a photo that I took of him while we were visiting my dad one day. I loved the way his beard looked against the fall trees, and the way his sunglasses reflected everything around him. I had been wanting to draw a picture of him for a while because even though I had painted him in the past, it had been a long time, and I had not done a realistic drawing of him in colored pencil yet. As soon as I took the photo I knew that it would be the one! There are so many things about this that make it so uniquely Jason, like the hoodie. Also, the reference photo was taken in the yard where we met, which makes it all that more special. Something else that drew me to doing this drawing was the fact that he was outdoors with trees in the background. I love drawing landscapes, and trees are one of my favorites. All in all, this was a joy to create and I am very happy with how it came out. Jason is pleased as well.

About Shana Rowe Jackson:

Shana Rowe Jackson has had a lifelong interest in creating art and has painted for years, mostly in acrylic. She started her journey with colored pencils in May of 2014 and instantly fell in love with the medium and its ability to create realism with fine details.

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Valarie - a Gentle Girl 
by Kay Eakin
8 x 10 inches
Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencil on black mat board.
(Artist’s own photo.)

This beautiful Amish horse was pulling a carriage for an Amish woman who had just finished grocery shopping. Living so closely to Walnut Creek and Berlin, Ohio, my husband and I spend many days in this beautiful countryside. I have always been intrigued by the various uses of horses in the Amish community. So many provide transportation and wait patiently while their owners stop to shop. Valarie was waiting patiently for her owner and I noticed all her extra gear. She seemed so elegant that I couldn't resist taking her picture. Her owner returned and I spoke with her. She said, "Valarie is a friendly and gentle gal who loves people. She has served me for many faithful years. I don't know what I would do without her." I couldn't help transforming that photograph into a beautiful colored pencil drawing. Many more visits to this beautiful countryside will bring about more colored pencil drawings of these magnificent creatures put on this earth to serve the needs of their masters.

About Kay Eakin:

Retiring after 25 years directing music, Kay has found more time to pursue her love of colored pencil. She had taken classes casually over the past several years but now has the time to really work on new techniques and developing a better eye for honing her craft.


These artworks were published in the December 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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