The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2018

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2018

April 2018 Featured Artists. Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR MagazineThe Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out links at the bottom of this post for our Facebook group partners - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!

1963 Ford by Jennifer Slouha
10 x 13 inches
Strathmore 500 series bristol vellum paper
Caran d'Ache Luminance, Prismacolor Premier and Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils.

I really enjoy creating artwork of classic cars and this particular car caught my eye at a car show that I attend every year at the lake. My intention with this artwork was to capture the angle and reflections of the car in colored pencil and to share it with car lovers and fans of colored pencil art. I used brighter colors than the cars actual colors in order to accentuate areas like the chrome, the headlights, and the paint color. I darkened the dark areas and lightened the lighter areas to create more contrast. I also chose to use a brighter blue for the sky to complement the red of the car.

About Jennifer:

Jennifer Slouha is a self-taught artist living in Holts Summit, Missouri. She specializes in colored pencil, graphite, and acrylic artwork. She works in a wide variety of subject matter but really enjoys the technical aspect of creating automotive artwork.

See more from Jennifer at

Bright Bliss by Cristina Serra
18 x 13 inches
Colored pencils on Fabriano Artistico paper.

This image was taken in a fine restaurant during my latest holiday. My family and I were in the Dolomites, the wonderful mountains that were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. We had a really pleasant day visiting woods, alpine meadows and mountain lakes around. Afterwards we had preparing for the dinner. The restaurant service was excellent. After the meal we were glad to see the local furnishing around. There were also some nice timber sculptures on the tables, that depicted animals like cats, birds and owls. The lamp in a corner projected an arabesque on the wall that immediately caught my attention. The ambiance was so warm and special that inspired me a lot. I took some shots with my phone to keep the memory of that beautiful moment.

About Cristina:

Cristina Serra was born in Italy in 1973. She is a contemporary realist. In her works she try to capture special moments or feelings that deserve to be remembered. The balance of lights and darkness is managed in a very personal way to achieve a deeper kind of art.

See more from Cristina at

Anna by Brian Scott
11 x 14 inches
Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils on Strathmore 400 color paper. 

Ann is the daughter of my facebook friend Cara. The photo was taken on a cold Scottish winter day. I felt there was so much going on in the picture The texture of the hat, coat, the eyes. It's like her mind is not on anything just the the warmth coming off the cup. The hat would be a challenge. I change the background from a few buildings to trees, about 3/4 of the time was spent on the hat. I love doing material, eyes and hair. This is an early photo of the drawing...I made a mess of the finished drawing. I have never used workable fixative on my drawings. I did on this one and it didn't end up too good. For some reason, it did not like it.

About Brian:

I am just a hobby artist drawing when I get home from work, I draw because I love to, time disappears when I'm drawing I've been drawing with colored pencils for about 6 years.

Sofie and her Oma by Clasien Pantelmann
11 x 14 inches, actual portrait size 8.5 x 9.5 inches
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on Strathmore Mixed Media 400 series paper.

My daughter gave me lots of opportunities to develop the unique bond that I have with my precious granddaughter. This little girl has a special place in my heart. Over the past six years I have drawn several portraits of her at different stages in her young life. To see her development in these portraits is amazing.
The photo for this portrait was taken upon my return home from my four week trip to the Netherlands. The love that shows in my granddaughter's expression and the special bond we have, urged me to try and express it in this portrait.
I think that I succeeded.

About Clasien:

Clasien pursued her lifelong dream of learning how to draw and paint in graphite and watercolors after her early retirement. She discovered her love for colored pencils in 2005. While she accomplished numerous commissions, her love for portraying her siblings, children and grandchildren gives her the most pleasure.

See more from Clasien on her Facebook Art Page.



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


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