May 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

May 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

This month, three artists who were featured in the May 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.

Lantern Painter
by Rudy Liskop
14" x 23"
Own photo reference
Paper: Crescent #110 Illustration board
Pencils: Prismacolors, Verithins, Aquarelles, W&N Watercolors, and Airbrush.

While exploring Samphanthawong Bangkok's old Chinatown, I had been walking through a dimly lit passage past small shops when I came upon the lantern painter who was lit by a single diffuse overhead light source and was unaware of my presence. I focused my camera and captured the ideal moment. The click of the shutter broke his concentration and he got up and disappeared into the back of the shop.

About Rudy

Rudy is a 69 year old self taught artist and craftsman who divides his time between a large workshop and the studio in a self built home on acreage in Whonnock, B.C. When not travelling with his camera he shoots the local wildlife with a 600mm lens. 


Treasured Times
by Charlotte Hastings
20" x 21"
Own photo reference
Prismacolor on Stonehenge paper

Treasured Times is just that! I spend every Tuesday with my Mom. At 95 she loves and still can do puzzles of all kinds - word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles. her favorite word puzzle is crypto-quote, she keeps trying to teach me to do them, but that has not happened as yet. We trade jigsaw puzzles with many people. The ladies with Home Instead, the caretakers who help us in order for her to stay in her home, bring puzzles all the time. The reference photo for this piece is just one of the many snapshots I take on our Tuesdays together.

About Charlotte

I'm a semi-retired artist living in Lawrence Kansas. I have experimented with and mastered many mediums such as oils, acrylics, and sculpture. About 15 years ago I discovered color pencils and have never looked back. My inspiration comes from snapshots of my family.

See more from Charlotte at


Forest Queen - Eurasian Lynx
by Esther van Hulsen
16.5" x 11.7"
Colored pencil and Copic markers on Fabriano paper

Lynxes are so graceful. In Northern and Western Europe these are the biggest cats today. I wanted to show the elegance of this female in a sort of regal, quiet portrait.

About Esther

Esther van Hulsen has been working as a professional wildlife and paleo artists since she finished art school in 2004. She finds all animals interesting, also extinct ones, and has been drawing since being a toddler. Esther has illustrated several prize winning books, which have been published in many countries.

See more from Esther at


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

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Comments (1)

You still have that eye, like the three ovals you added to my drawing of a building, and the line drawing of the knot. You have done well, my friend. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

Keith Elderfield - Apr 30, 2017

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