The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - December 2017

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - December 2017

December 2017 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!

Painted Lady Butterfly on Blue Daisy by Rebecca V. O'Neil
11 x 14 inches
Caran d'Aches Luminance on Stonehenge 90lb. 100% Cotton Drawing Paper

I really loved the colors together. There is a lot of detail in the butterfly. I liked that the background was blurred, yet quite detailed. The blurred daisy was more complicated to draw than the clear daisy. The lighting is very pretty. I don't use my Polychromos and my Luminance pencils a lot because they are very expensive. The two types of pencils work very well together on the Stonehenge paper, which is one of my favorite papers to work with. I wish it were heavier weight, but I was very happy with how this drawing turned out.

About Rebecca

Rebecca had been drawing since she can remember. She is a self taught artist and has been working with colored pencils for a little over two years. Colored pencils are Rebecca's favorite medium. Rebecca is a Licensed Cosmetologist, and has been working as a hairdresser for 42 years.

See more at:

The Turban Girl by Esperanza Jimenez
12.5 x 9.5 inches
Colored pencil on Canson Heritage hot-pressed watercolor paper.

I am passionate about the portrait, and when I saw this photograph it attracted me immediately. The girl's gaze is lost in her thoughts. Everything is bathed in a bluish light and the turban looked like a mosaic of colors. I had to draw her.

I applied a layer of light blue across the surface of the paper to harmonize the tones. I wanted to reflect the contrast between the softness of the girl's face and the intensity of the turban colors. This picture reminds me of old portraits of ladies with their headdresses and I think that doing it with colored pencils brings a sense of freshness and modernity.

About Esperanza

Esperanza Jimenez combines art and science as a biologist and artist. Esperanza's favorite subject is the portrait of all kinds of living beings, sometimes with watercolor and ink. Esperanza is also passionate about scratchboarding.

See more at:

Attentive Fox by Angela Matuschka 
8 x 12 inches
Daler Rowney pastel paper, Supracolor II soft by Caran d'ache.

Animals have always been favorite subjects of mine. I especially like to draw a variety of animals which are found in the Black Forest area where I live. I was drawn to this young fox because of the special expression on his face. That very attentive look combined with his intricate posture and fluffy irregular fur fascinated me. It was a gratifying challenge for my drawing skills, too. My focus was mainly on rendering this striking expression, so I decided to let the colored paper suggest a background and only drew a hint of the fox's shadow.

About Angela:

Colored pencils are Angela Matuschka's favorite artistic tools. She loves them for their uncomplicated handling and yet very versatile possibilities. For some time she has been running her own classes on working with colored pencils. Imagination, beauty and harmony are important themes for her art.

See more at:



Little Beauty by Debbie Gardener
29.7 x 42cm
Faber-Castell Polychromos on Daler Rowney Bristol Board

The original photo of this little girl just called to me. At first I saw a happy little girl sitting in the dirt, and I loved that she seemed so enthralled with her purple shoes, she’s not interested in anything else around her. It’s just her and her shoes. She radiates simple happiness. I like the vibrancy of her dress and her little tuft of hair. I wonder about the tribal mark on her cheek and what she may have gone through getting it, how it affected her and how different her life must be. I fell totally in love with her whilst drawing her and have been ever since.

About Debbie:

Debbie is a 48 year old pencil artist originally from Southampton in the UK although now splits her time between the UK and Italy. It wasn’t until 2014 that she began to pursue her art career after setting up an art page on Facebook and people started to request commissions.

See more at:


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


Leave your comment