The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - August 2018

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - August 2018

August 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!

Conjuring Mischief by Sheri Engel
11 x 14 inches
Prismacolor colored pencils on Canson Mi Teintes board

I took this photo of my son while we were waiting on some food in a restaurant. I always loved the expression on his face. He is a spunky little boy and full of mischief. I had just started drawing, and this was only my 3rd or 4th piece. My husband asked me to do a portrait of one of our kids and I immediately thought of this one. I was very skeptical of my skills at this point, and was so very pleased when I was able to get a very good likeness of my son and managed to capture the look on his face that I liked so much. After this piece, I decided to continue with colored pencils.

About  Sheri:

Sheri is a self-taught amateur artist. She decided one day at 46 years old to pick up some colored pencils and do a drawing after seeing some colored pencil art on a Pinterest page. She had no experience in art of any kind before picking up the pencils. 


Patience by Katie Packer
12 x 16 inches
Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed Water Colour Paper. Using Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'Ache Luminance and Pablos.
Reference photo supplied with permission by Ali Abdulraheem Photography

This piece was created using Ali Abdulraheem's Reference photo. This reference photo caught my eye as it was the typical Kingfisher pose and the moss covered branch tied in with a collection of English birds I'm currently working on. This was my very first attempt at drawing feathers!...and Branches!

It was created in a realistic theme, as is all my artwork... by taking the photograph and expanding on it to create a piece that still has a very 'drawn' look about it. I don't strive for photo realism, rather, an image that goes past what is shown on a photograph.

About  Katie:

Katie is a self taught Pet Portrait and Wildlife artist based out in the countryside in the south of England. She takes inspiration from the immeasurable amount of wildlife that frequents her garden and fields surrounding her. Whilst working on many wildlife pieces, Katie also takes on Commissions.

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Afraid by Ariel Francisco
16 x 24 inches
Colored pencil on Bristol Cartolina.

From someone who is just stepping into the world of fine arts I decided to portray the typical problems of young artists. They are full of potential but lack confidence. Their aspirations are overflowing but they keep on hiding it from others. Hiding from criticism and hiding from rejections, terrified of being different from others and stepping out of the box that is limiting themselves. I want to tell them about a quote by Dr. Seuss, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” And, instead of choosing the road or path that is less traveled, try to make their own path because i think that will make more difference.

About  Ariel:

Ariel Amistoso Francisco, An aspiring artist who desires to inspire other young artists and to be known worldwide especially in the world of colored pencil. He is a 16 years old senior high school student from Valenzuela City, Philippines.



The A Team by Bonny Snowdon
19 x 27 inches
Polychromos, Pablos and Luminance on Pastelmat

The A Team is the largest piece I've created to date. I visited the family and took photos of all three dogs - the little spaniel, Merlin, was so very well behaved and the two Labradors, the black one is the yellow one's father, were rather less well behaved! I spent a lot of time working out the composition as I'm starting to understand the importance of balancing subjects within a multiple portrait. The piece has been framed beautifully with UV anti reflective glass. It was juried into the UKCPS annual exhibition and won 8th place in the recent animal exhibition with Light Space and Time. I learned so much whilst drawing this portrait - especially around drawing curly fur!

About  Bonny:

In her 2nd year as an equine and pet portrait artist, Bonny produces beautiful colour pencil paintings, with her love of horses and dogs clearly shining through in each piece she creates. Now also creating tutorials, Bonny aims to help other pencil artists develop their skills using coloured pencils. 




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


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